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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

From Friday 1 April 2022, we will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and the first Saturday of each month. The Local Studies Library and Family History room are open for drop-in visits between 9am and 5pm.

Access to original records in our Searchroom continues to be by appointment only. Contact us for more information.

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