Warning
From Monday 29 April 2024 there will be no public access to the car park at Dorset History Centre whilst we undertake major work on our roof. The car park will be closed for 4 months, reopening in September 2024. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

... a thousand years, a million stories

Dorset History Centre is the archives service and local studies library for Bournemouth, Christchurch, Dorset and Poole.
We house Dorset's local archives - from council records to personal collections.