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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.

Photo credit: Wessex Archaeology

Finding Dorset

Information, advice and activities centred on archaeological finds


Historic Environment Record

Information about Dorset's archaeology, historic buildings and landscapes


Historic buildings

Dorset's rich heritage of historic buildings and scenic villages contributes to the county's unique…


Archaeological events

Talks, guided walks, finds identification and other events - find out more and book your place


Explore Dorset's past


Dorset Archaeological Days

An annual series of guided walks and events on archaeological themes.


Finding Dorset

Found something interesting? Bring it along to a finds identification 'surgery' for identification…


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