History Centre

If you are researching family or local history, this is the place for you!

Find your ancestors and meet members at our Swanage History Centre at Unit 15B, Victoria Avenue Industrial Estate, Swanage.

We can offer a large source of original and facsimile material for study and research, along with knowledgeable volunteers to guide you through the maze of information available.

The Sheila Ford Collection
Original research into Purbeck families which includes an A-Z of local names, with family trees available in many instances.

The David Lewer Collection
Original research notes and files compiled by the well known historian and author of many books on Swanage.

Purbeck Radar Museum Trust
A small display covers the wartime work at Worth Matravers.

Entry to the History Centre is free but access is by appointment only. This can be arranged by telephone: 01929 421427, by email: museumswanage@gmail.com or by completing an enquiry form at Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre.

What’s Available at the Local History Centre

  • A photographic archive
  • A library of local books and references
  • A duplicate set of Art Folders
  • An extensive library of Art Books related to the folders
  • Local and family history research material
  • Swanage Cemetery records
  • Indexes of trade directories and pub landlords
  • Local newspapers on microfilm and original volumes
  • Access to historical censuses

We Can Research For You

A small charge may be made for any document reproduction costs that might be incurred and, of course, all donations are gratefully received.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HISTORY CENTRE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19