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County Archive Research Network (CARN) cards

The Dorset History Centre is part of the County Archive Research Network (CARN). All visitors will need a CARN reader's ticket to make full use of the sources held at the Dorset History Centre.

If you do not have a CARN card you can apply for one from us free of charge.

CARN tickets can be issued on the day of your visit. You will need to complete a simple form and produce some proof of identity with your name, current address and signature such as:

  • Driving licence (which contains all three pieces of information required on one document)
  • Bank / credit card (signature only)
  • Passport (note that UK passports do not give your address)
  • Bank statement (name and address only)
  • Utility bill (name and address only)
  • National Archives' readers ticket (but need second ID proof) 
  • Disabled person's registration (name and address)
  • Pension book (name and address)

Some of these will need to be used together.

CARN tickets remain valid for four years and can be used to gain access to over 60 participating record offices in England and Wales.

If you do not have the necessary identification we can issue a day ticket. However, please note:

  • Day tickets do not automatically give you access to original records
  • They are only valid on the date of issue
  • Repeated applications for day tickets cannot be accepted and you will be expected to obtain and produce a full CARN card for subsequent visits

If you have any questions about CARN cards do not hesitate to contact us.

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