This gallery has recently been refurbished and displays a range of paintings, photographs and artefacts from the collection.
It also houses a temporary exhibition of the designs and life of the late Michael Burdle, a Weymouth born and bred costume designer who, for part of his distinguished career, worked for the BBC designing many of the costumes worn by famous actors. For some of his work he was the recipient of a BAFTA award that is on display along with some of his original design work.
Amongst the paintings on display are the harbour scene shown at the top of the page, an architects design for the market house (since demolished apart from one wall), a horse racing scene on Lodmoor, and the town bridge ca.1820.
The museum has some excellent ship models and four of these are on display in this gallery. HMS Hood, an early battleship, was scuttled in the South entrance of Portland Harbour in the First World War to prevent torpedo attack by German submarines, and is still there. HMS Weymouth was the lead ship of a class of light cruisers and served with distinction in World War I. The other two models are of the Weymouth lifeboats, “William and Clara Ryland” and “Tony Vandervell”.
Five cabinets in the centre of the gallery present a variety of topics. One contains a selection of bottles from Weymouth brewers and mineral water manufacturers. Another contains a collection of coopers tools from the Devenish brewery coopers’ shop. A third has commemorative china including beakers presented to children in Weymouth to celebrate the coronations of Kings Edward VII and George V. The fourth has a selection of the borough official weights and measures including an ancient corn gallon measure said to have been presented to Weymouth in 1654 by John Napper. The last houses a variety of exhibits relating to Weymouth in World War I. Particularly poignant are the photos of the soldiers in the convalescent homes in the town, a letter sent by an unknown soldier at the front to his daughter, a bronze memorial plaque.