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Upwey & Broadwey Village History Weekend April 2018


From Sue Virgin

We began collecting info, memories and photos from residents (near and far) about 20 years ago and now have a wonderful record of village life.

Upwey & Broadwey History Weekend, 28/29 April 2018 from 10am to 4pm each day at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Ave, Upwey DT3 5NGExhibition of photos and information about the villages from early 1900’s to 2000, including shops, businesses, sports teams, schools (St Nicholas, St Laurence and Broadwey Secondary Modern), clubs, scouts/guides, social groups and events. Something for everyone. Admission is free and refreshments available.With it being the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 we have made a special area showing the huge efforts the villages made to raise funds over a 10 year period to build the Memorial Hall as a permanent reminder of those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

We also have a website www.upweybroadweyhistory.co.uk.


Currently showing on Channel 4 on Saturday evenings is a series titled ‘Britain at low tide.’ The programmes look at the work carried out by Citizen Archaeology whose focus is on identifying, exploring and interpreting historical remains and artefacts along the British shoreline. The second programme in the series, broadcast on 24th February explored the archaeology of Studland and Poole Harbour. The programme included a reference to a D-Day rehearsal at Studland where seven American tanks sank. They can still be viewed, but only at low tides. On the Citizen Archaeology website under ‘events’, two guided walks are being offered on 21st March at Studland, free of charge and will visit the sunken tanks, amongst other features. Each walk is 1.3 miles and takes about 1.5 hours. This may appeal to anybody with an interest in military history.

Sheep,  Cider  and Forestry – Dorset through the eyes of a casual farm worker

A Talk by James Crowden,  Author and Poet

James arrived in Dorset in 1980 and began a 20 year cycle of working through the seasons as a casual self employed agricultural labourer.  As a shepherd, night shepherd, sheep shearer, forester, cider maker and turkey plucker he saw Dorset through farm workers’ eyes.  Since then he has published a wide range of books, many of which focus on oral history.

Thursday 26th April 2018, 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm
at the Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP

Tickets: £10.00  (incl. canapés & a glass of wine)
To book your place:
email: enquiries@dorsetarchivestrust.org
or telephone 01305 228945 (dedicated ticket line).
This event is open to members and non members

Dorset History Centre: C is for catalogues…



There are alDorset History Centre online cataloguemost 320,000 records in our archive catalogue. This is the place where items in our collections are arranged and described so we can find what we’re looking for.

If you have used archives before you will know that our catalogues aren’t arranged by place, subject or date. Instead, records are grouped according to how they were created, and by whom.

We regularly apply for external funding to allow us to make previously underused collections much more accessible to researchers.




Archivist looking at old document

Recent grants have been used to catalogue the Bankes Archive, the Poole Borough Archive and the Cooper Dean collection.

Fortunately, we have moved on from the days of hand-written indexes – our online catalogue and free-text searching speeds up research enormously! Just remember to be creative when searching the catalogue and try multiple words to find items of interest. And do let us know if you get stuck!




Upcoming events

  • Threads of Narrative Exhibition: craft residency inspired by the Unlocking the Bankes Archive project. From 10 to 25 March at Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne. Free entry.
  • Stepping into Nature workshops: local history activities open to all. First Monday of the month at Dorset History Centre, 10:30am to 12 noon
  • Introduction to Family History workshops: last Monday of the month, 9:30am to 11:30am. Booking essential
  • Sheep, Cider and Forestry; Dorset through the eyes of a casual farm labourer: talk by James Crowden for Dorset Archives Trust. Thursday 26 April at Dorset History Centre, 6.30pm for 7pm start.
  • Unlocking the Bankes Archive Project Conference: Saturday 16 June at Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne Minster.