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.
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.
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.
How to obtain copies of records for your research
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.
Education and learning at the Dorset History Centre
At the Dorset History Centre we have many useful resources for schools.
Our team can help with a wide range of enquiries from the general to the specialist.
Fees and charges
Dorset History Centre fees and charges. All prices include VAT.
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.
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 (theatre), board room or cafe-style layout.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteers at the Dorset History Centre
Volunteering at the Dorset History Centre is a rewarding way to learn about our work and meet new people.