Dimbola Museum & Galleries

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, originally home to pioneering Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, was saved by from demolition by a band of volunteers and enthusiasts. It’s now home to a museum and galleries on the Isle of Wight.

The Freshwater location has stunning views making it easy to understand why Cameron and her husband were based here.

Close family connection to pioneering Victorian photographer for new Dimbola President and Vice President

Julian and Julia at Dimbola

The new President and Vice President at Dimbola Museum and Galleries have very close family connections to Julia Margaret Cameron. Details within

Friday, 16th October, 2020 10:17am

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Polaroid originals’ exhibition opens at Dimbola this week

andreas polaroids of a woman looking away

Andrea Muendelein’s early Polaroid work explores her engagement with portraiture and painting during her time at Central Saint Martins College of Art between 2003 and 2005

Thursday, 1st October, 2020 10:06am

By Elissa Blizzard

Work by pioneering female photographer heads to Dimbola next month

Marilyn Stafford Biba Poster

The award-winning and pioneering female photographer, Marilyn Stafford, has an exhibition opening at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in October

Thursday, 24th September, 2020 3:27pm

By Elissa Blizzard with one comment

Dimbola Museum and Galleries reopens

Dimbola Museum and Galleries 2020

New social distancing and cleaning measures have been implemented as well as a new circular one-way route around the house

Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 4:15pm

By Elissa Blizzard

Dimbola Museum unable to open as planned, but Tea Rooms open daily

dimbola tea room garden with people sitting at tables

The Museum and Galleries were due to reopen this week, but there are still some obstacles to overcome. However, the delightful tea rooms are open daily so you can still support Dimbola whilst the museum is closed

Thursday, 6th August, 2020 3:12pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Government announce £1.57bn rescue package for The Arts (updated)

audience of ventnor exchange theatre 2018

Isle of Wight museums, theatres, live music venues, and those who work in those sectors, will be breathing a sigh of relief as a £1.57bn rescue package is announced

Monday, 6th July, 2020 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Dimbola Museum and Galleries closes ‘until further notice’ due to Coronavirus

closed sign in doorway

Dimbola will be using the time to finish work on a complete kitchen and tearoom overhaul and landscaping the gardens

Tuesday, 17th March, 2020 6:31pm

By Brian Hinton

Exhibition celebrates unique, innovative and dazzling Isle of Wight

the wight book spread

Sixty photographs from The Wight Book will be on display at Dimbola Museum and Galleries from the end of this month

Monday, 10th February, 2020 1:24pm

By Elissa Blizzard

Stealing Dylan exhibition opens at Dimbola next week

Dylan and the Festival organisers in 1969

Dimbola to host exhibition revealing how the biggest star on the planet, was wooed by two amateur music promoters, to headline on a small island.

Thursday, 15th August, 2019 7:02pm

By Elissa Blizzard with one comment

Isle of Wight’s pioneering Victorian photographer featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Julia Margaret Cameron

Tune into BBC Radio 4 Extra on Sunday or catch up via the Sounds App to hear how Julia Margaret Cameron changed portraiture forever, thanks to her life-size reproduction of the head.

Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 1:15pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

‘Art and Identity’ portrait exhibition of ‘outstanding quality’ ends cultural project

time and tide flyer

Time & Tide has paired local history and the arts to bring opportunities for older people to engage with cultural pursuits. All are welcome to the Private View this Friday.

Tuesday, 8th January, 2019 10:29am

By Hannah Griffiths

Dimbola to host evening of live music, film, theatre and photography

Tunde-Sunara flyers

This evening promises a treat for the soul, both musically and visually. There'll be performances by visual artist Sunara Begum and world-renowned composer Tunde Jegede, as well as exhibition of the images by Dunstan Perera.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 12:55pm

By Elissa Blizzard