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News and events at Dorset History Centre

All the latest news from the Dorset History Centre, with details of forthcoming events.

  • Kings Arms, Poole Pubs and Players

    Licensing records in the Poole Borough Archive give an insight into the history of entertainment and leisure in Poole.

  • Archive online catalogue 300,000 records of Dorset's past available to search online

    Staff at Dorset History Centre have added the 300,000th entry to the archive catalogue and take the opportunity to shine a light on previously catalogued pieces of history.

  • St Peters Chapel of Resurrection Volunteers needed for WW1 research project

    An exciting project looking to uncover the stories of men commemorated in St Peter's Church, Bournemouth is seeking volunteers.

  • Market Street, Poole Poole's Pillory

    Recently catalogued documents from the Poole Borough collection reveal historic attitudes to public punishment.

  • Environmental monitoring Monitoring the Environment

    Dorset Archives Trust have recently funded the purchase of an environmental meter, which is used to offer advice to museums and individuals.

  • Introduction to Family History Sessions

    Are you interested in family history but not sure where to start? Our one-off sessions look at the basic resources that can be used in genealogical research.

  • DC_PL_W_1_6 women in public office Election of Women to Public Office

    It seems very modern to have women leading political parties in the twenty-first century, but women holding public office may not have been considered so revolutionary by our medieval and Tudor ancestors.

  • Beck face Dorset Regiments on the First Day on the Somme

    The name of 'the Somme' remains a highly-charged and hugely evocative one. The first day on the Somme saw almost 60,000 British casualties and almost 20,000 men killed.

  • Allenborne pupils at Wimborne Model Town Pupils Learn about Wimborne's Past

    At Dorset History Centre we love to see young people engaging with the past, and eight pupils from Allenborne School have done just that by interviewing Wimborne residents of the 1950s.

  • Holiday makers in Upwey D-DPA/1/UPW/13 Celebrating volunteers at Dorset History Centre

    Volunteers Week (1-12 June) is the perfect opportunity to highlight the wonderful work carried out by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers at Dorset History Centre.

  • Soldiers having fun Portraits and Poses: Early Twentieth Century Photography

    A collection of nearly 1000 negatives from the Hibbs Collection has recently been digitised, providing a fascinating glimpse into Dorset life from 1910-1920 and World War One.

  • Photograph of Fanny Bennett 1876Newsletter

    View the latest edition and find out about our work and how our collections can further your research.

  • Weymouth Backwater from Chapelhay Surprising Finds and Lucky Survivals

    Ed Bristow looks back on 4 years of working at Dorset History Centre and his most memorable items from the archives.

  • Reminiscence session delivery Take your Time

    "Take Your Time" was a Health and Wellbeing Legacy funded project which aimed to improve well-being for those living with dementia.

  • William John Bankes sketchbook Unlocking the Bankes Archive project events

    The Unlocking Bankes project includes a programme of monthly talks on a range of topics from archive conservation to archaeology and architecture.

  • Plan of Dorchester 1662 Trailing Treves

    Explore the Treves Trail - a walking trail in Dorchester which gradually reveals information about the life of Sir Frederick Treves.

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