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Dorset Archives Trust

The Dorset Archives Trust (formerly the Friends of Dorset Archives) is an independent charitable body who support the work of the Dorset History Centre and the preservation and promotion of the county's written heritage in general.

The Dorset Archives Trust has three main roles:

  • Advocacy: Raising the profile of the Trust and the Dorset History Centre

  • Fundraising: Raising funds for projects to support the work of the History Centre

  • Collections development:Identifying archival collections relating to the county currently in private hands, and promoting the benefits of deposit at the History Centre to the owners of such collections


The generous donations supplied by the Trust enable the Dorset History Centre to provide the highest standard of care possible to the archives. One of the greatest ways they support our work is through the sponsor-a-box programme; just £10 pays for the purchase of a new, acid free archive box together and acid free and pH neutral materials which are used to wrap up archives, and increase their longevity.

To find out more about Dorset Archives Trust, including how you can get involved, visit the  Dorset Archives Trust website (opens in a new window)

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