The History Centre is part of Poole Museum and is a rich resource centre about Poole's heritage. Here you can research local and family history as well as find additional information about the Museum displays.
Poole History Centre is housed in the Town Cellars, a wool warehouse dating from the 1300s, which is one of the most important surviving medieval port buildings in northern Europe.
Poole's Local History Centre has resources for all aspects of local history research. An extensive library is supported by microfilmed and digitised material.
Our resources include a comprehensive range of:
Maps and charts - Historic maps show the growth of the town from the sixteenth century up to the 1960s.
Newspapers - Over 200 years of newspaper coverage and press cuttings from the past 50 years.
Photographs - Thousands of photographs show how the area has changed over the past century.
Oral histories - Listen to personal accounts of the D-Day landings, stories of home life, ice-cream making and fishing.
Books - Subjects cover the local history of Poole and genealogical research.
Explore historical aspects of Poole
People - Find out about community life and local people in biographies and resident directories.
Places in Poole - From Canford Magna to Poole Harbour, from Hamworthy to Branksome, Poole is a large Borough with a fascinating past.
Maritime history - Find out about Poole's trade links with Newfoundland. See records of ships sailing to and from the port and the cargo they carried.
Trade and Industry - Find out about the potteries, boat building, and many other local firms and industries.
Transport - Find out about the flying boats in Poole, local trams, and other transport by land, sea and air.
Local history and research services
Our helpful staff can 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.
Research services are available at a cost of £25 per hour (initial half hour is free of charge). We would be delighted to discuss your requirements. If you would like further information regarding a search plan and research quote please contact us.
Opening times and facilities
Tuesday - Saturday 10.00am - 3.00pm (closed on Tuesdays following a Bank Holiday).
Poole History Centre will be closed 30 - 31 March 2018 and will reopen on 3 April 2018.
There is plenty of space to sit and read. You can browse our resources or seek help from our friendly staff.
The Poole History Centre has a lift and facilities for people with disabilities.
Bookings and enquiries
Tel: 01202 262621 or 262613
Poole History Online is a website containing thousands of photographs and documents relating to the history of the Borough of Poole.