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Local history and heritage

Dorset's history and archaeology is rich and varied. There are many ways to explore and enjoy the county's spectacular historic environment and achieve careful and sensitive development within it.

    • Historic Environment Record
    • The Dorset Historic Environment Record (HER) is a record of all aspects of the historic environment of the county. Enquiries are welcome.
    • Finding Dorset
    • Information, advice and activities centred on archaeological finds. Even isolated finds can add to our understanding of Dorset's past.
    • Know your place
    • Historic buildings, towns and landscapes in Dorset and the techniques, such as characterisation, used to analyse them.
    • Exploring Dorset's past
    • Ways to enjoy and protect our historic environment - walks and other events, reporting your finds and observations, volunteering.
    • Famous writers
    • Awe-inspiring writers and heroes of times gone by who lived in or wrote about Dorset include Enid Blyton, Thomas Hardy and T.E.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).
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