Heritage Zone

Find out about your ancestors and Bournemouth’s history here

Learn about local history

Our Heritage Zone is based at the Bournemouth Library. You can research local history, including information about Dorset and Hampshire. You can learn more about our resources by viewing our Collection Guide.

We have research and school services, as well as online resources

Services at the Heritage Zone

Much of the material in the Heritage Zone is for reference only. However, we do have some items that you can borrow, including books, DVDs and maps.

If you aren't able to borrow an item you can make a photocopy or scan (subject to copyright). There's a small charge for the photocopier. 

If you're going to do research you can reserve a computer or viewer in advance. You can reserve at the library in person, but there may be a wait.

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