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Unlocking the Bankes Archive – Opening up the archive of the Bankes family of Kingston Lacy

The Bankes Archive Project got off to a flying start at the beginning of October with the arrival of the first two project team members: Luke Dady (Project Archivist) and Judith Teasdale (Project & Engagement Officer). Luke’s first task was to assess the 800 boxes of Bankes Archive material, listing what they all contain. This enabled him to arrange the boxes and then start working through them in earnest, cataloguing, conserving and re-packaging all the documents. An enthusiastic team of new volunteers has recently joined the project; they are being trained by Luke in cataloguing and document handling.

Meanwhile the project’s outreach programme is also underway. A small taste of things to come was provided at the Dorset History Centre’s 70th birthday Open Day in October when some of the Bankes Archive documents were displayed for the visitors to see and enjoy.

A programme of talks on subjects relating to the Bankes Archive commenced on the 26 January when Martin Papworth (the National Trust’s Regional Archaeologist) will talk about ‘The late great medieval manor house of Kingston Lacy’. Details of this and subsequent talks are to be found on the Bankes Archive Blog ( ) and the Project’s Facebook page ( )