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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bournemouth and WW2 Bournemouth's Second World War 'Big Effort'

    Listing the Bournemouth Borough archive reveals the efforts and experiences of Bournemouth people during the Second World War; from a report about the courage of survivors of the Blitz to strange finds amongst bundles of paperwork.

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