The First World War – ‘the War to end all Wars’ – finished with three-quarters of a million British, Imperial and Dominion dead. Very few communities could be termed ‘Thankful Villages’ to which all their inhabitants returned; across England only 53 and in Dorset only one – tiny Langton Herring.[caption id="attachment_7240" align="aligncenter" width="709"]Read more
The Dorset History Centre has been announced as a National Archives finalist in a digital preservation award.
It’s one of four shortlisted for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy.
Much of Dorset's history is recorded on paper and photographs which are at risk of deterioration, but information held in old technologies - such as floppy disk and CDs –...
By Jill Bryant
The fast-approaching 200th anniversary of the opening of Tolpuddle Old Chapel got off to a cracking start with a visit from the Wessex Morris Men.
After dancing in the street, history was made when the performers and followers went into the old chapel and sang the first hymn to be sung there in 174...
At 03.00 on the morning of 21 March 21 1918, a lightning barrage crashed down on British positions on the Western Front. Particularly hard hit in the initial bombardment were artillery positions, headquarters and logistics hubs, deluged with a mix of shrapnel, high explosive and poison gas.
The British response was badly hindered by a thick...
By Jill Bryant
I have been visiting Boston for many years but Dorchester, Massachusetts has always been considered a difficult place to visit.
This year I found two Dorchester residents who were happy to take me there and I am indebted to them. Thank you...
In this season of good cheer, here’s a winter offering with a difference – a panto programme from a POW Camp!
‘The New Alladin’ [sic] was performed in the Gaiety Theatre of Stalag VIII-B at Christmas 1942. The camp was sited near the town of Lamsdorf (modern Lambinowice) in Silesia, south-west Poland.