Local History

Bournemouth has grown from a small village on the Bourne’s estuary to a popular holiday destination with a rich and colourful history.

Heritage Zone

You can learn about your ancestors and Bournemouth's history at our Heritage Zone. There's also photocopying and scanning services.

Discover our local history

Find out about local history in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Parks history

The origins, history and development of parks in Bournemouth.

Beach hut history

The history of beach huts in Bournemouth from 1801 to the present day, including the UK's first public beach huts.