SUPPORTERS celebrated a landmark in the history of Bridport Museum – its 80th birthday.

Mayor David Rickard and curator Emily Hicks cut a cake with volunteers at the South Street attraction to mark the occasion.

Emily said: “It was lovely to see lots of volunteers and friends of Bridport Museum celebrating the cake cutting to mark our 80th birthday.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters who work so hard to make the museum a success.

“That includes staff, volunteers, friends and trustees.

“Thank you also to West Dorset District Council and Bridport Town Council for their continued support “Most of all, thank you to those people who visit and write lovely comments in the visitors’ book.”

She added: “We are committed to keeping free entry and an exciting programme of events and exhibitions that should keep the museum alive and busy for many more years to come.”

The museum building was purchased in 1932 by Capt AP Codd of Bath. The museum was then administered by Bridport Borough Council from 1932 to 1974 when it transferred to West Dorset District Council.

In 2002 the council transferred the museum – including its building and collections to the Bridport Museum Trust.

The attraction is free to enter and open from April to October, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

The museum tells the story of the town’s history from its origins to the present day with displays on artefacts from a nearby Roman hill-fort and the world famous rope and net making industries.

There is a programme of temporary exhibitions. Photographs, lace, dolls, coins and fine art are among the collections held.

Its Local History Collection contains a wide range of materials for people researching their local or family history.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer can visit, call 01308 458703 or email office@bridport