The Dorset Local Heritage List

Following the publication by the Purbeck Society of the Swanage Local Survey of Non-designated Heritage Assets, you may be interested in the Dorset Council page on the subject which includes a great deal of information on the subject –

Annual General Meeting

Our postponed AGM will now take place on 11th February, and we also have Lilian Ladle as a guest speaker. A fellow of Bournemouth University, Lilian has spent many years excavating local sites and researching elements of the area’s archaeological past. The talk concentrates on prehistoric trade primarily via coastal routes, and the role of … Read more

Coffee morning for members and friends

Purbeck Society members and friends are invited to a coffee morning in the lounge of the Pines Hotel, Burlington Road, Swanage this Thursday, 16th December, 10.30am – midday. We look forward to seeing members and friends sometime during the morning for a drink and chat. No need to book – just come along. Free parking … Read more

Swanage Local Survey of Non-designated Heritage Assets

This survey of non-listed heritage assets in Swanage is an important contribution to the heritage, history and the culture of the coastal town of Swanage in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. The survey is the first of its kind in the area.It illustrates a range of buildings, their contexts and contributions to the lives … Read more

The Real Treasures are the Real Stories

This is our first event for some time, and with apologies for the late notice, we are very pleased to announce that local diver and amateur historian, Nick Reed, will be with us on Friday, 12th November. He will talk about three wartime wrecks that lie close to Swanage. Two, the Kyarra, and the Arfon, … Read more

Guided tour and picnic at Scotland Farm

Guided tour and picnic at Scotland Farm near Corfe this Thursday, 26th August. Our first event for some time, with apologies for the late notice ! In 2017 Reg White died after a lifetime of 72 years at Scotland Farm near Corfe as a heathland cattle farmer.  The farm belongs to the National trust and … Read more

Albert Memorial July 22nd 2021

Albert Memorial rebuild is almost finished

It’s taken a long time, but finally the Albert Memorial will be seen again in all its glory in a great location in Swanage. Local historian David Lewer began efforts to have the memorial restored in 1961……60 years later his dream is nearing reality. Further details of the project and history of the memorial can … Read more

Future plans….with fingers crossed…

We hope that all our members, friends and families have been keeping safe and well. Like many organisations, we’ve been looking forward to being able to operate as normally as possible, as soon as possible. With that in mind, we’re working towards holding our Annual General Meeting on 15th October, and after that recommencing our talks … Read more