swuklink: Local History Centre, Poole  

The new Local History Centre, housed in the historic Town Cellars on Poole Quay, was created by the Borough of Poole with support from the heritage Lottery Fund.

This new facility combines the resources of the Poole Library Service and Poole Museum Service within the important medieval building which served to store wool en-route to Europe (the Port of Poole was a staple).

Any aspect of Poole history can be researched at the Centre from Merley to Bearwood and from Hamworthy to Branksome.

  • People   - especially family history
  • Places   - including archaeology and architecture
  • Maritime   - relating to Poole as a port
  • Trade & Industry   - of the borough of Poole
  • Transport   - by land, sea and air
  • Resources available include:
  • Books & pamphlets   - one of the major collections of printed local history material in Dorset
  • Newspapers   - over 150 years of local titles such as the Poole and Dorset Herald
  • Family History resources   - many invaluable sources including copies of census returns, poll books, parish registers and street directories
  • Maritime History resources   - indexes of Poole ships and port arrivals and departures. Records of historic trade links with Newfoundland and other overseas lands
  • Maps & charts   - there is a wide coverage of historic maps from the 16th century. Large scale plans include the 1888 Ordnance Survey
  • Photographs   - thousands of historic and recent images taken throughout the Borough

  • Projects Currently Underway at the Centre

    Volunteers play an important role in the service and creating new resources.

    Newspaper Indexing Project
    More than 150 years of local papers have been collected. These provide a great wealth of information which is regularly scanned and indexed by volunteers. This meticulous and fascinating work has been in progress for the last five years.

    Names & Ship Indexes
    These have been compiled from many sources as finding aids for people researching particular Poole families and ship names.

    Access & Contact Details

    Opening Times:   daily from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

    address: Waterfront Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1BW
    telephone: 01202 262600
    facsimile: 01202 262622
    web site: none
    email: localhistory@poole.gov.uk

    N.B.: Parking in the vicinity of the Centre is limited to thirty minutes!


    Port of Poole
      Public Records Office, Dorchester


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