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Museum finally set to open doors
Poole Museum
The new-look Poole Museum opens on Saturday after more than a year
A Dorset museum is finally to reopen its doors to the public after the completion of a 1.3m makeover.

The centre piece of the new-look Poole Museum - which opens on Saturday after more than a year - will be a 2,000-year-old log boat.

The Iron Age vessel, which was found in 1964 during dredging work in Poole Harbour, will be displayed in a specially-made glass case.

The museum revamp was paid for by local fundraising and a Lottery grant.

Poole log boat [courtesy Poole Borough Council]
The Iron Age vessel, which was found in 1964, will be on display

The museum will also have a ceramics gallery boasting a collection of the famous Poole Pottery.

Other refurbished galleries will have displays telling the history of Poole from prehistory through to the 21st century.

Cllr Peter Adams, the council's cabinet member for culture, said: "I think people will be amazed to find out just how much history there is in Poole.

"The log boat and Poole Pottery collection are just two exhibitions that show Poole's rich heritage for people to come and explore."

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