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Archive Projects

At Dorset History Centre we are very fortunate to have secured funding for projects that enhance access to our collections. Projects have included cataloguing, digitisation, preservation and education work.

Projects are often undertaken in collaboration with partner organisations, and with the assistance of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. We also offer support for community projects.

  • Dame Mary's Account Book 1646 Unlocking the archive of the Bankes family of Kingston Lacy

    Work is underway on a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the discovery of this internationally significant archive.

  • Longspee charter, Poole Borough of Poole Council collections

    A generous grant means that Poole's historic archive of more than 1,600 boxes of parchment and paper covering 800 years can be catalogued.

  • Pride with Territorial Army, Sherborne World War One

    Dorset History Centre holds many records which reflect the impact of the First World War both at home and on the front line. During the centenary we are sharing the stories of ordinary men and women of Dorset.

  • Children's party Weymouth The Herbert Collection

    A huge collection of delicate photographs is now being preserved at Dorset History Centre.

  • Elisabeth Frink 1975 Archiving the arts

    The Dorset History Centre is taking part in Archiving the Arts, a national strategy to collect and preserve the records of artists.

  • Cooper Dean enclosure document The Cooper Dean collection

    The Cooper Dean archive, which provides insight into the history of Bournemouth, is now fully catalogued and free to access at Dorset History Centre.

  • An ecological study conducted by Captain Cyril Diver Cyril Diver's ecological study of Studland

    The Cyril Diver collection held at the Dorset History Centre contains the documents from Diver's ecological study of the Studland peninsular.

  • 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.

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