The Emergency Purchase Fund was established in 2013 with the specific purpose of helping the History Centre to acquire archives at auction or by private treaty. Archives have increasingly become a commodity and in order to save these items for public benefit, DAT trustees agreed to set up the Fund in order to allow purchases to be made. Decisions often have to be made quickly due to the nature of auctions so having a resource to draw upon is hugely helpful to the History Centre. All the documents listed here are freely available to view at History Centre.
We are very grateful to all those who have supported the Emergency Purchase Fund to date. If you would like to support the Fund, please click here.
Latest Archives purchased with support from the Emergency Purchase Fund
Most recent purchase: Document relating to the will of Shadrach Rose of Poole, September 1687. Ref: D-2836/1, purchase with a grant of £65 from DAT
Description: This signed and sealed letter appoints the friends of Shadrach Rose of Poole to carry out his wishes according to his last will. He had appointed his son, John Rose, as his executor, but as “his living lies abroad most of the time” he is unlikely to be available to perform his duties. The instructions centre around a bequest of thirty pounds to his daughter, Elizabeth Linthron, and her five children: Marty, Ann, Debrie (sic.), Timothy and John.
A farming account book dating 1845-47 (D-2655/1) from Radipole and a significant collection relating to the Johnstone Estate of Weymouth, with maps, title deeds and leases (1729-1935) (D-2656)