By donating or lending your records to the Dorset History Centre you can be sure they will be carefully looked after by skilled professionals.
Deposit or donation?
You can pass your archives to us in one of two ways:
you can gift your collection as a donation to the Dorset History Centre, making them accessible to the public for all time
you can deposit your archives, enabling us to make them accessible to the public while you retain legal ownership. See our standard terms of deposit (pdf, 201kb) (opens in a new window) for more details.
All records in the custody of the Dorset History Centre are:
carefully stored in appropriate conditions: temperature and humidity controlled strong rooms for physical items, and a managed digital repository for digital items
protected from fire and intruders
made available to the public as appropriate (normally all records would be made available to the public unless specifically exempted under the terms of the Data Protection Act)
conserved as appropriate within the overall conservation programme (pdf, 626kb) (opens in a new window)
Please carefully read our acquisition policy (pdf, 48kb) (opens in a new window) if you are considering transferring your documents to the Dorset History Centre
For guidance on the type of documents suitable for preservation please see our retention schedules:
- Retention Schedule for non-profit organisations (pdf, 48kb) (opens in a new window)
- Retention Schedule for Parish Councils (pdf, 30kb) (opens in a new window)
It is our policy to collect both published and unpublished material that relates principally to the history of Dorset, is unique and of long term historical value.
If you think that you have, or you know of, any records that would be of interest to us, please use our contact form (opens in a new window) to contact the Collections Officer.