hardys visitor centre- public opening!

—March 12, 2015

White Design attended the official public opening of Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre this week, and Carly went down to Dorset for the event.

 The centre was opened last year to the public, but this Tuesday was the official launch. 

 The Visitor Centre, a joint venture between Dorset County Council and the National Trust serves people visiting Thorncombe wood, and Hardy’s Cottage, which is just a short walk from the New Visitor Centre.

 The event was well attended, and Julian Fellows, President of the Hardy Society, and Downton Abbey creator was there to officially open the building.

 Lord Fellowes said: “I think this is a very exciting and important moment for the area, to put Hardy on the map. "He makes Dorset into a character in his novels and the centre is a testimony to that.

Lord Fellowes signed a lithograph by David Humphries which will be auctioned off to raise money for the project.

 Guests were treated to tea and cake, and performances from The New Hardy Players who preformed, in the surrounding woodlands, a selection of short excerpts from the writings of Thomas Hardy, inspired by the landscape where he spent his early years. 

 White Design was thrilled to see the visitors centre being used so effortlessly, engaging with the natural landscape meetings the desires of a sensitive design within its surrounding environment. 

 We were also excited to hear of the further collaboration between Dorset County Council, the National Trust and Fine Family Foundation who are continuing with a new project, ‘Of the Woods’ to engage with the local community to connect and learn more about Thorncombe Woods through future events, workshops and taster days. 

We look forward to many future visits to Hardy’s Birthplace to see how the site developments and changes throughout the seasons. 

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