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Poole History Centre

Occupying a 600 year-old woolhouse which is located next to Poole Museum, Poole's Local History Centre has resources for all aspects of local history research. An extensive library is supported by microfilmed and digitised material.

  • Poole family history 
  • old maps and charts
  • photographs
  • historical newspapers

Our helpful staff can also advise on research methods and sources of additional information. We have a large photographic and historic archive of the town's building, events and its former inhabitants. It is advisable to book microfilm machines and computers.

We have previous Electoral Roll records, 150 years of local newspapers, Census Returns, Parish Records and street directories.We also hold here the Maritime History Records and the Index of Poole Ships and Port arrivals and departures and the records of the historical trade links with Newfoundland and other overseas ports.

The Poole History Centre has a lift and facilities for people with disabilities.

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Venue/Contact Details
Poole History Centre
Poole Museum
4 High Street
BH15 1BW
Area coverage
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Times and Costs
Opening times:
Poole History Centre will be open Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
This service is free.
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
Booking Information:
Booking is required.