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Copying services and camera permits

How to obtain copies of records for your research

We offer a wide range of copying facilities from basic photocopying to digital photography. We will advise on options for copying, which can vary depending on the format, size and condition of the item in question.

For the cost of obtaining copies, please see our fees and charges. Reproductions of, or extracts from, documents must not be published without permission of the County Archivist. 

Copies available

  • documents (deeds, maps, photographs etc) can be photographed or scanned by our staff, or you can obtain a photo permit
  • print publications: items from the local studies library can usually be photocopied, there is a self service photocopier available
  • microfilm can be copied on our reader-printer machines. Staff can also provide copies of microfilm archives
  • computers: self-service copies of images can be made from Ancestry (available to use free within Dorset History Centre) along with other websites

Certain documents or collections may have restrictions on copying due to their condition, copyright, or their terms of deposit.

Requesting a copy

Please contact us with details of the documents that you wish to have copied or speak to a member of staff during your visit. We will then provide an order form which you will need to complete and return to the Dorset History Centre. Please note:

  • orders for digital copies and copies by post can take up to 14 working days
  • we require payment before copies are delivered
  • an estimate of how much a digital order will cost will be given but this may be subject to alteration and you will be informed accordingly
  • a deposit may be required on large orders before copying begins

Certified copies and certificates

  • certificates of baptism, marriage and burial entries in Dorset parish registers can be supplied for legal or official purposes
  • certified copies of various documents can be requested for legal or official purposes. The copy of the original document is certified as a true copy of the original document

Please note: for copies of birth and death certificates please contact the Dorset Registration Service, or the General Register Office (opens in a new window).

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