At the Dorset History Centre we are dedicated to preserving, sharing and celebrating the rich heritage of Dorset.
Who are we?
The Dorset History Centre brings together two services - the Dorset Record Office and Dorset County Local Studies Library:
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What do we do?
- Collect, preserve and make documents available (including paper, parchment and printed documents, audio-visual material, and digital records).
- Care for, and carry out conservation work on documents in need of some TLC.
- Provide copies of documents, including high quality prints, which can be purchased through Dorset pictures online.
- Organise and collaborate in projects relating to history and heritage in Dorset.
The Dorset Record Office was founded in 1955, originally based at County Hall in Dorchester. Its collections expanded considerably until 1991, when the centre moved to its current site. A purpose-built, office based on Bridport Road. Since 1997, we have operated as a joint service for Bournemouth Borough Council (opens in a new window) , the Borough of Poole (opens in a new window) and Dorset County Council.
In 2005 the County Local Studies Library was moved to the same building, and the Record Office became the Dorset History Centre.