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Dorset Archives Trust

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The Dorset Archives Trust (DAT) is an independent charitable body which supports the work of the Dorset History Centre (DHC – the archives and local studies library for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole) and the preservation and promotion of the county’s written heritage in general.   The Dorset Archives Trust is managed by a board of Trustees, who meet four times a year to guide the work of the charity.

The Trust’s key objective is to help save Dorset’s disappearing histories by:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of archives in the story of Dorset’s past
  • Fundraising to support projects at the History Centre
  • Helping to save collections ‘at risk’ or in private hands

Saxton Map of Dorset, 1575 (M22)

The Trust relies on fundraising and donations to keep their work going. You can help by:



Colin Divall, Emeritus professor of Railway Studies, University of York, – “Do you really call that progress, Mr Marples?”; the politics of Dorset railway closures under Beeching.

Colin Divall was brought up near Wimborne within sight of the Southampton and Dorchester line north of Bournemouth and spend a good deal of his teenage years on what was left of the route once Dr. Beeching had cut the passenger trains.

Thursday 9th February 2017

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm

Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RP


Tickets: £10.00 (incl. canapés & a glass of wine)

To book your place:

Use our booking form


Telephone 01305 228945 (dedicated ticket line).

This event is open to members and non members