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Local history and heritage

Dorset's history and archaeology is rich and varied. There are many ways to explore and enjoy the county's spectacular historic environment and achieve careful and sensitive development within it.

World War One 1914-1918

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War One (1914-1918). Find out about commemorative events, learn about the people and events of the war, and their links to Dorset.

Roman Town House

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The Roman Town House in Dorchester is the only example of a fully exposed Roman Town House in the country. It is free to visit and a range of tours are offered.

Finding Dorset

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Information, advice and activities centred on archaeological finds. Even single finds can add to our understanding of Dorset's past.

Historic Environment Record

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The Dorset Historic Environment Record (HER) is a record of all aspects of the historic environment of the county. Enquiries are welcome.

Know your place

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Historic buildings, towns and landscapes in Dorset and the techniques, such as characterisation, used to study them.

Exploring Dorset's past

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Ways to enjoy and protect our historic environment - walks and other events, reporting your finds and observations, volunteering.

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