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Dorset History Centre services

At the Dorset History Centre we offer a wide range of services including: a research service, a copying service and educational workshops.

  • D-HBT Boys on a boat, Weymouth: Link to Community offersCommunity offers

    Dorset History Centre is working hard to make sure everyone can benefit from our services. We are particularly extending a warm welcome to those with learning disabilities, the visually impaired, those affected by dementia or memory loss, and carers.

  • History Centre display boards at Poole Library: Link to Community projectsCommunity projects

    Dorset History Centre supports and works with many groups and societies on projects which promote local history, or help preserve the memories and experiences of Dorset people. Recently we have worked with groups as diverse as Umoja Arts, Windrose Rural Media Trust and Bournemouth People First.

  • Photograph of wedding group: Link to Copying servicesCopying services

    How to obtain copies of records for your research

  • Digital archives: Link to Digital PreservationDigital Preservation

    Dorset History Centre (DHC) is committed to preserving and providing access to records which reflect the history of the people and places of Dorset. In the digital age this requires an approach rather different from traditional archiving.

  • Classroom (Herbert collection): Link to Education and learningEducation and learning

    At Dorset History Centre we have many useful resources for schools.

  • Elephant from 'Drawings and Journal' by Robert Carter Oakley 1795 - 1835: Link to Enquiry serviceEnquiry service

    Our team can help with a wide range of enquiries from the general to the specialist.

  • Rope and net price list 1798: Link to Fees and chargesFees and charges

    Dorset History Centre fees and charges. All prices include VAT.

  • Poole pottery colour schemes 1956: Link to Information for owners and depositorsInformation for owners and depositors

    By donating or lending your records to the Dorset History Centre you can be sure they will be carefully looked after by skilled professionals.

  • Dorset History Centre lecture room: Link to Lecture room hireLecture room hire

    Located at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester, our lecture room is available for hire. Well-suited to meetings and talks, with the option for lecture (theatre), board room or cafe-style layout.

  • Preservation

    The documents held at the Dorset History Centre are protected through conservation measures and specialist preservation. This work is essential to the protection of the archives.

  • Who's Afear'd of Family History: Link to Publications for salePublications for sale

    All publications are available at Dorset History Centre, or send a cheque made payable to Dorset County Council to Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP.

  • Abbotsbury christening group late 19th century: Link to Research serviceResearch service

    If you are unable to visit the Dorset History Centre in person, our research service may be able to help. We can search records held here and provide you with a written report of the findings. Copies can be provided where the information is not suitable for transcription.

  • Volunteer at work in searchroom: Link to Volunteers at the Dorset History CentreVolunteers at the Dorset History Centre

    Volunteering at the Dorset History Centre is a rewarding way to learn about our work and meet new people.

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