Rediscovering Kingston Lacy

In January and February, only the ground floor space in the house is open for an exhibition, Rediscovering Kingston Lacy. The exhibition will display maps and surveys of the estate from the Bankes Archive. This is the first time these articles will be on display in the house. Details of opening times etc. are on the Kingston Lacy website: Kingston Lacy Here's some comments from someone who went: 'Just to flag up small exhibition on at Kingston Lacy at the moment (until end of Feb) about the estate before the current house was…continue reading →

Information sought by Dorset History Centre

Message from Dorset History Centre - We are encouraging all users (and non-users) of Dorset History Centre (DHC) to complete this online survey. It should not take very much of your time and will provide us with invaluable help in gauging the views of those who use, or potentially might use DHC. It is really important for us to understand the things that people value about the archives service, but also the areas where we could change and improve. DHC’s storage repositories are filling up and the service is looking ahead to a…continue reading →

Pan Purbeck Action Campaign protest against proposals in the partial review of the Purbeck Local Plan.

Pan Purbeck Action Campaign - a (Consortium of parish councils etc) are protesting against the number of houses proposed in the partial review of the Purbeck Local Plan. On 2nd November at 5pm in the Purbeck School, Wareham, a meeting with Purbeck District Council will take place when it is hoped to make the case for review of the new proposals due to the predictions being unrepresentative for the area and based on unrealistic forecasts. Maximum support is required to convince PDC we mean business and they must take action. On the 18th…continue reading →

Shore Road and other Swanage highway schemes

Subsequent to the representations made following the previous 'one way' proposal for Shore Road, DCC have gone back to the drawing board with a drop in session on 30th November at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 6pm, for initial discussion around alternatives - these may include removal of many parking meters around the pinch point in Shore Road, retaining two way flow, and relocation of parking meters in De Moulham Road. Nothing is firm and there will be further consultations later.continue reading →

Urgent – Local government reorganisation – maximum consultation response required

The consultation on this closes on 25th October. Purbeck has the lowest number of completed questionaires of all the districts in Dorset. This may be interpreted as Purbeck doesn't care - we should, because there are significant implications for us all. Information and questionnaires are available on line, and in the library. A few points not obvious from the published information: 1, don't be fooled by option 1 which may seem to be no change, it is. 2, ALL options include the formation of one or more unitary councils to replace the function…continue reading →

From Powder to Piracy: Stories from the Bankes Archive

Swanage Library 22nd September 2016, 2:30pm - 4pm Judith Teasdale, the Bankes Archive Project and Engagement Officer will be giving a talk about the Bankes family in Dorset and their legacy. Accompanied by the Bankes Family exhibition which will be on display in the library throughout September, this is a great opportunity to find out more about a fascinating part of Dorset history, find out what the library has to offer for local history enthusiasts and meet other people with an interest in local history. Free, all welcome.continue reading →

David King

It is with sadness and regret that we advise that David passed away yesterday, after a short spell in Wordsworth Care Home, Swanage. The funeral will be held at Corfe Castle Parish Church on 8th September at 12noon. The Funeral Director is Albert Marsh, Wareham, and donations will be for the Motor Neurone Association. David was a long time member of the Society and served a spell as Chair.continue reading →