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Improvement works at Dorset History Centre

During autumn 2019, we will be undertaking 2 major improvements to the archive repositories to:

  • hugely improve our energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint
  • install a new mobile racking system that will allow greater quantities of records to be stored in the same physical space 

How the works will affect access to the building and car park

There will be reduced access to the centre car park to provide space for contractors.  

Tuesday 2 September to Friday 27 September 2019 

There will be restricted access to original archives in the searchroom. We strongly advise you to order documents in advance from the Dorset History Centre catalogue as this way, we can guarantee access. Producing original documents at short notice may not be possible.

Access to the local studies library and family history resources room will be unaffected.

The centre will be open as usual on Saturday 7 and 21 September. Original documents will be available. 

Tuesday 5 November to Friday 22 November 2019 

There will be no access to original archives in the searchroom between these dates. 

Access to the local studies library and family history resources room will be unaffected. 

The centre will be closed on Saturday 16 November. 

Please contact us with any queries on how the upcoming work will affect access.

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