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... 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.

We are open

We are open to the public on a limited basis, with access to original documents and microfilm. There is no access to public computers. You will need to make an appointment before visiting us, by emailing

We have carefully risk assessed the public spaces and the procedures necessary to keep both staff and visitors safe.  

Opening hours

Dorset History Centre is open 9am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday and 9am to 4:30pm on the first and third Saturday of each month.

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