Category Archives: Local history


The spectacular Hambledon Hill, one of the finest Iron Age hill forts in Dorset, has been acquired by the National Trust.

 Built over 2,000 years ago, the massive earthwork defences overlie one of the most significant early Neolithic landscapes in Western Europe, dating back almost 6,000 years,...

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Vivid frontline experiences of the Great War, as recorded by a soldier from Portland, are being made available online through a new blog.

The diaries of Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck have been published by the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester exactly 100 years after they were written, with regular entries posted online giving a first-hand account...

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Dorset History Centre has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its plans to allow people to explore the history of the Bankes family of Kingston Lacy.

The project aims to catalogue the archive of the Bankes family, former owners of Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy, which spans 700 years and contains a wealth...

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Town councillor David Taylor has been busy rediscovering Dorchester’s, literally hidden, underground heritage.

VLUU L310W L313 M310W / Samsung L310W L313 M310WSo far, with Antelope Walk caretaker Terry McGrath, he has investigated cellars and passageways beneath the old Antelope Inn and rediscovered the old water supply conduit...

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The First World War began in the middle of the summer holidays. Great Britain, and by default her Empire, declared war on Germany at 11pm on 4 August 1914.

In the much quoted words of Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary of the time, “the lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see...

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