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What Dorset History Centre does

Dorset History Centre is dedicated to preserving, sharing and celebrating the rich heritage of Dorset.

Who are we?

Dorset History Centre brings together two services - the Dorset Record Office and Dorset County Local Studies Library:

Dorset History Centre houses the archives of Dorset ranging from Council records to personal collections, search our online catalogue or contact us to find out more. For books, pamphlets and other publications, search the Local Studies Library catalogue.

What do we do?

  • Collect, preserve and make documents available to view; these include paper, parchment and printed documents as well as audio-visual material and digital records.
  • Care for, and carry out conservation work on documents if necessary.
  • Provide copies of documents, including high quality prints
  • Support projects relating to history and heritage in Dorset.

360 video of the repository

  • Charles I LetterContact Dorset History Centre

    How to contact the Dorset History Centre.

  • Dorset Archives Trust logo Dorset Archives Trust

    Dorset Archives Trust is an independent charity supporting the work of Dorset History Centre in saving, preserving and making accessible Dorset's archival heritage. Get involved by joining up, donating or attending fundraising events.

  • Conservation of wax sealConservation

    At Dorset History Centre we have a dedicated conservation studio with specialist equipment and materials. Our trained Conservator is responsible for the conservation and preservation of the archival collections held here, to ensure they are accessible and protected for future generations.

  • Digital archives Digital Preservation

    Dorset History Centre (DHC) is committed to preserving and providing access to records which reflect the history of the people and places of Dorset. In the digital age this requires an approach rather different from traditional archiving.

  • Dry cleaning a map Preservation

    The documents held at the Dorset History Centre are protected through conservation measures and specialist preservation. This work is essential to the protection of the archives.

  • County Hall, Dorchester c1960s History, governance and policies

    The history of the archive service, our policies and the oversight of the Joint Archives Service.

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