Category Archives: Local history

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.

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On a cold and frosty late January evening in 1987, 18 railway enthusiasts arrived at Peter and Heather Foster’s home in Dorchester to watch some railway films and so the Dorchester Area Group of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust was born.

Thirty years on, around 40 members of the Dorchester Area Group celebrated their 300th meeting at the Colliton Club,...

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War often conjures images of battle, bloodshed and bodies. Quick to disregard the complex intricacies of war, we too often revisit history numerically: what date did the battle begin? How many soldiers fought? How many died?

Statistics are impressive. However, it’s easy to forget that behind every slain soldier is a person, and behind every person...

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A philanthropist who helped provide new homes to replace Dorchester’s Victorian slums has been commemorated with a Blue Plaque.

Mill Street, Fordington was where the poorest families lived in crumbling cob cottages and tenements with few comforts – no piped water and outside toilets often shared by many different residents.

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Behind the faded green doors of the Shire Hall an exciting and sympathetic transformation is taking place.

Up until a year ago the Shire Hall was opened periodically for people to visit the Old Crown Court where the well documented trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs was held in 1823.

When the Shire Hall reopens in March as...

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The dedication of a national memorial to the county regiment will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this month attended by HRH the Duke of Kent.

In May last year an appeal was launched for donations to create a lasting national tribute to the infantry soldiers who served the counties of Devon and...

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