Dorset History Centre

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Bridport Road

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Telephone: 01305 250 550


Open: Wednesday-Friday 9-5 (document retrieval 9-12.45, 2-4.30); 1st Saturday of month 9-4.30 (document retrieval 9-4)

Closed: Bank holidays, Easter Saturday

  • Wheelchair access
  • Research Service
  • Readers ticket required

Dorset History Centre houses the joint archives service for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, and the Dorset Local Studies Collection

  • Appointment must be made to view original documents
  • There is a guide to parish registers on the website, and many catalogues of parishes, schools, estate and business archives are available in the former Access to Archives data now in The National Archives' Discovery database
  • Member of ArchivesCard Scheme
  • ARCHON code: 31

    If you are an archivist or custodian of this archive you can use the archive update form to add or update the details in Discovery

    Collections information

    Businesses (310)

    Organisations (2026)

    Persons (172)

    Diaries (49)

    Families (200)

    Paper catalogues available to view at The National Archives - (273)


    These are selected lists of new or additional collections that were acquired by this archive during a specific year. If a date is not displayed there are no accessions for that year.

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