The Dorset Archives Trust (DAT) is an independent charitable body which supports the work of the Dorset History Centre (DHC – the archives and local studies library for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole) and the preservation and promotion of the county’s written heritage in general.   The Dorset Archives Trust is managed by a board of Trustees, who meet four times a year to guide the work of the charity.

The Trust’s key objective is to help save Dorset’s disappearing histories by:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of archives in the story of Dorset’s past
  • Fundraising to support projects at the History Centre
  • Helping to save collections ‘at risk’ or in private hands

Saxton Map of Dorset, 1575 (M22)

The Trust relies on fundraising and donations to keep their work going. You can help by: