Dorset Archives and Libraries

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Dorset History Centre[edit | edit source]

Dorset History Centre
Bridport Rd
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RP UK
Telephone: 1305 250550
Website: Dorset History Centre

The Dorset History Centre brings together two services – the Dorset Record Office and Dorset County Local Studies Library. The centre is the archives service and local studies library for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Dorchester Library[edit | edit source]

Dorchester Library
Charles St<br<Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EF UK
Telephone: 1305 224440
Website: Dorchester Library

Poole Central Library[edit | edit source]

Poole Central Library
Kingland Rd
Poole, Dorset BH15 1QE UK
Telephone: 01202 262421
Website: Poole Central Library

Museums[edit | edit source]

Gold Hill Museum[edit | edit source]

Gold Hill Museum
Gold Hill
Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JW UK
Telephone: 1747 852157
Website: Gold Hill Museum

Eight galleries tell the story of rural and town life, starting even before Shaftesbury’s notional foundation by Alfred the Great. Highlights of the collection include the unique Byzant, carried during annual celebrations of the securing of the water supply, so vital to a hilltop town; Dorset’s oldest fire engine, dating from 1744; fine lacework and costumes; handmade Dorset buttons; and a mummified Dorset cat.

The Keep Military Museum[edit | edit source]

The Keep Military Museum
Barrack Road
Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RN UK
Telephone: 01305 264066
Website: The Keep Military Museum

Archive for The Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, The Dorset Yeomanry, The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry, The Dorset Militia, The Royal Devon Yeomanry and 94 Field Regiment RA.

Priest's House Museum[edit | edit source]

Priest's House Museum
23-27 High St
Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1HR UK
Telephone: 1202 882533
Website: Priest's House Museum

The Priest's House Museum & Garden is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster.
Using collections rich in archaeology and costume, and childhood and local history material, the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Period rooms, from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, show how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. There are 10 galleries to explore. Displays include audio descriptions and children's activities. A beautiful walled garden, gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.
The museum works closely with the local community. They participate in the museum through volunteering, learning and family activity programmes, exhibitions, community projects and reminiscence workshops.

For a long list of Dorset museums, go to List of museums in Dorset in Wikipedia.