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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

 

Location

 

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

Dorchester

Dorset

DT1 1RP

 

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:

www.dorsetforyou.com/dorsethistorycentre/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.