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Our next event is on Thursday 12 October pm 6.30pm for 7pm start at the Priests House Museum in Wimborne.

Lynda Price will give an llustrated talk on ‘Tyneham: Finding the Lost Village’.  Lynda is a graphic designer and project manager based in Swanage. She has been involved in projects at Tyneham since the creation of the 1920’s schoolroom in 1994. The display in Tyneham Church followed, opened in 2003 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the evacuation of the valley. Lynda produces the information boards and leaflets on display in the village and has been running the Tyneham Farm Project for the Army since 2008.

In recent years, she has worked with The History Centre on the Tyneham Archive. Lynda will use images from this archive to illustrate her talk– a potted history from the early days before the war time evacuation, up to the efforts being made today to bring the Tyneham Story to the thousands of people that flock to this remote village every year.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 for members) to include a glass of wine and canapes.

Please book your tickets by:
6.30pm for 7.00pm
Telephoning:  01305 228945 (dedicated ticket line).
Emailing:  enquiries@dorsetarchivestrust.org  OR
Visiting: www.dorsetarchivestrust.org/events Please book your place by:

The Dorset Archives Trust are members of the Dorset History Network, whose aim is  ‘to build a history community in Dorset’ by sharing knowledge, promoting research and improving communication between members.They currently have an online survey running at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KG7VJP7  to look at the future of the organisation and would be delighted if you could find 5 minutes to complete the survey.  The survey will be available until 5.00pm on Saturday 30th September.


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The Monmouth Rebellion comes to life

June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. Five weeks later and with a 3000-strong army swelled by dissenting men and women from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, Monmouth prepared to fight the last ever pitched battle on English soil, and the first step towards modern democracy.

This epic history of Dorset, Devon and Somerset, told through the eyes of Alice who joins the rebellion as a young girl, is performed by a 20-strong cast of South West actors, singers and musicians, with original live music and film projection.
Developed at the Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, this brand new play was created by the team behind The Tempest of Lyme Writer Andrew Rattenbury (The Golden Hour, Doc Martin, The Postman Always Rings Twice) and Director Clemmie Reynolds (Burnt Out Theatre’s Muscovado; Winner Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2015.)
Supported by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis and West Dorset District Council.

Performances will be on:
Wed 13 Sep – Regal Theatre, Minehead
Thurs 14 Sep – Phoenix, Exeter
Fri 15 Sep – Bridport Arts Centre
Fri 29 Sep – Shelley Theatre Bournemouth
Sun 08 Oct – Dorchester Arts Centre
Sat 11 Nov – Beehive, Honiton

“Balanced and cleverly paced to ensure that what could have been a stodgy dollop of history was extremely lively and fun, while not in any way diminishing the seriousness of the subject matter… another fine achievement from the pen of Andrew Rattenbury, and the direction of Clemmie Reynolds.” – Bridport Review
Full review:http://bridportreview.com/

“The excitement and terror of these times… are vividly brought to life by an exceptional company” – Fine Times Recorder
Full review: http://www.theftr.co.uk/monmouth-the-west-country-rebellion-at-lyme-regis/

“a superb script that makes light work of the historical exposition describing events through the memories of the 70-year-old Alice Hawkier who as a ballsy 18-year-old had posed as a boy and found herself recruited as Monmouth’s valet. The action was superbly staged with back projection connecting it to modern Lyme and current affairs; while the use of music to conjure period atmosphere and aural descriptions was both inventive and extremely effective.” – Nick Churchill, Dorset Life
Full review: http://www.nickchurchill.org.uk/monmouth-the-west-country-rebellion-15072017/

BurntOut Theatre

Dorset Family History Society

For People in Dorset or People with Dorset Ancestors

Treetops Centre

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Our Research Centre is OPEN TO ANYONE with either Dorset or non Dorset ancestors for you to conduct your own research in our Research material

Opening times for enquiries and personal research are:-

  • Monday from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Closed Saturday & Monday of Bank Holiday weekends
  • Personal research outside these times may be possible if booked in advance

Unless stated otherwise on Current News

£3.00 per day

                    Conference – 4 November 2017


May we introduce CBA Wessex, the regional organisation of the Council for British Archaelogy. CBA Wessex is a very active group and our conference in November, is in association with Wessex Archaeology and the University of Winchester, where the event will take place. This gives us a much larger venue than in previous years and thus enables us to invite many more people interested in archaeology.

There is a programme of speakers, stalls, interactive displays and retail opportunities.

The Young Archaeologist Club (YAC) will have their own events, but also is part of the main conference.

We would also appreciate your helping to promote this event – further details below.

Book you place today. or find out more about CBA Wessex

From Bones to Drones: Science in Archaeology

09.00 Registration and coffee
09.45 Welcome Address
Session 1: The human story: some aspects – Chair: Julian Richards
10.00 Prof. Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham).

Ancient DNA and the origins and evolution of infectious disease.

10.45 Dr. Mary Lewis (University of Reading).

Little voices: the importance of child skeletal remains to our understanding of the past

11.30 Coffee break
Session 2: Understanding diet – Chair: Miles Russell (Bournemouth University)
12.00 Prof. Richard Evershed (University of Bristol).

Reconstructing Prehistoric Human Diet and Agriculture through Organic Residues in Archaeological Pottery

12.40 Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) and Julian Richards

Meeting the Ancestors: Face to Face

13.00 Lunch break including CBA WESSEX AGM
Session 3: Geoarchaeology – Chair: Prof Tony King (University of Winchester)
14.00 Dr. Keith Wilkinson (University of Winchester).

In search of Wessex’s hunter gatherers: the geoarchaeology of Wessex’s Pleistocene and Early Holocene

14.45 Paul Cheetham (Bournemouth University).

From Garden to Landscape, from Mirror to Bucket, from banjo to antenna – recent geophysical surveys in Wessex.

15.30 Coffee Break
Session 4: The view from above – Chair Julian Richards
16.00 Adam Stanford (Aerial-Cam).

Eyes in the sky-From Stonehenge to Easter Island via Wales – the use of Drones

16.45 Roundup and Closing Remarks
17.00 Finish

Cost: Members £25; Non-members £35; Students £15

Full details, and how to book, are on our website; or contact Andy Manning at events@cba-wessex.org.uk.  Phone 03303 133406

Poster for this year’s conference

Help CBAW promote this event.

The above poster is easily downloadable and can be displayed or sent to interested parties. Please help us promote this event by attending, forwarding this email to interested parties and/or displaying a poster.

To download this poster click here.

If you wish to print in A4 go to the top right hand side of your screen and the “download” button; to “direct download” then bottom of screen “print”.

If you want multiple copies or copies of A3 size please contact Andy Manning at Wessex Archaeology who will be able to supply same.


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CBA Wessex Reminder Notices


CBA Wessex can offer grants.


Also on offer a range of study days and walks.

Payments to CBA Wessex for Study Days, membership payments etc. can now be made on-line.  Details on our website under the relevant event.  Do let our treasurer know from whom and what the payment is for.  She has said that any payment that is not recognised will be treated as a donation.

Contact us via the website – please allow a few days for a response – we would love to hear from you.

CBA Wessex.  Registered Charity.  No. 291902

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Discovering Dorset’s Hidden Heritage

Are you intrigued by what goes on behind the scenes at Dorset History Centre?

Come and see for yourself on Friday 8 September as we throw open the doors as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend.

Talks will explore what you can do at Dorset History Centre; fifteenth century Dorset towns; and the Unlocking the Bankes Archive project. Each talk will be followed by a tour of our repositories.

You don’t need to wait for a special event to visit us! We are open every week Tuesday to Friday and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays in each month.

Find out more and book your place!

Get a helping hand with family history

Our popular Introduction to Family History sessions resume in September.

Come along for top tips on discovering your ancestors and an introduction to resources online and at the History Centre.

The session costs £5 per person and booking is essential to secure your place.

See the dates and reserve your place!