Around 50,000 prints, 20,000 negatives, 12,000 slides and 5,000 glass plates offer a photographic record of Dorset from the 19th century onwards.
Images include views of landscapes, towns, villages, buildings and people. They represent the lifestyles and traditions of Dorset over time. Significant photographers featured include Harry Pouncy, Francis Frith and Charles Cornish-Browne. We also hold photographs within our Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Townsend Warner collections.
We are now digitising and cataloguing these collections and can license images where digitised versions are already available. For an additional fee, it is also sometimes possible to commission digitisation of images identified through research.
The Victorian Hall will be hosting a private event on Friday 10th June 2022, all day and Saturday 11th June 2022, 12 noon to 5:00 pm, and therefore will be closed to visitors.