Utilising material from the Bankes Archive, we can offer a wide range of learning opportunities to schools, colleges, universities and community groups.

Learning sessions

Activities can include:

  • Visits to the Dorset History Centre, which can include a ‘behind the scenes’ tour to learn about how we care for and protect the county’s archives. Visitors can see historical documents first-hand and hear some of the stories behind them.
  • Induction sessions that demonstrate how to use the Dorset History Centre, and what sources are available to help with research projects. The content of these sessions can be tailored to particular themes or periods drawing on material from the Bankes Archive.
  • Workshops on skills and techniques that aid working with archive documents, such as palaeography.

These sessions usually last around one to one-and-a-half hours. Please note that there is a charge attached to learning activities, which will depend on your requirements.

To book learning sessions with our project partners please see the relevant websites for Kingston Lacy and Museum of East Dorset.

Learning packs

As part of the project we have created a cross-curricular learning resources for teachers. These resource packs covers a range of topics, from the English Civil War at Corfe Castle, to the Ancient Egyptians and World War 2. These learning materials will give you a flavour of what the collection has to offer. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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