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Your Borough Of Poole

Access to the Dorset History Centre and Archives

On this page you will find information on:


  • Location
  • Contact details
  • Opening Hours
  • Online Access to Archives




Dorset History Centre is located within walking distance of Dorchester South station. There is car parking on-site. 


Contact details


Dorset History Centre

Bridport Road





Tel: 01305 250550


Email: archives@dorsetcc.gov.uk


Opening Hours


Tuesday – Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturday 9am to4.30pm


Please bring some proof of name, address and signature (driving licence is ideal) in order to register on your first visit.  There is no charge to use the service.


Online Access to Archives


You can search the Dorset History Centre’s collections using our online catalogue:



More than 500,000 images from Dorset records, including parish registers, electoral registers and wills, can now be found on the family history website, Ancestry:  www.ancestry.co.uk . You can access this website from home on a pay-per-view or subscription basis, or free access is available from Poole libraries or at the Dorset History Centre.