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.
If you are unable to visit the Dorset History Centre in person, our research service may be able to help. We can carry out research in our records for you and provide you with a report and perhaps some copies of what we have found.
Education and learning
At the Dorset History Centre we have many educational projects aimed at school. Find out how to get involved...
How to obtain copies of records for your research
The 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, The Windrose Media Trust and Bournemouth People First.
Information 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.
Our team can help with a wide range of enquiries from the general to the specialist.
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.
Find out more about how you could get involved with the Dorset History Centre
Publications for sale
All publications are available at the Dorset History Centre reception desk, or send a cheque made payable to Dorset County Council to Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RP.
Fees and charges
Dorset History Centre fees and charges
Lecture 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, board room or cafe-style layout.
- Digital Preservation
The 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.