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A newsletter for Dorset History Centre and Dorset Archives Trust: working together to support the preservation of Dorset’s archives
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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. 100 years ago Dr Peachell of Dorset Asylum called for better awareness of mental health in his 1918 annual report.

F is for… film

Archive film
Our 8 miles of shelving include a special room for audio-visual material – film, photographic and audio records. This room is slightly drier and cooler than the paper and parchment repositories. Physical items are stored in archival packaging and labelled with a reference number so we can find them again.

The challenge is that the technology used to create and view archive film is rapidly disappearing. Some film has already been transferred to more modern formats, either video or in the best cases, digital.

Film from one of our favourite collections, Windrose Rural Media Trust, is available via the Close Encounters Media Trail website. The collection includes snapshots of rural life over the past century – changes in farming practice, collaborative cider production and traditional rope-making all feature. We are excited to be working with Windrose on a Heritage Lottery funded project to digitise more of the collection and make it available for people to enjoy. Watch this space for information about upcoming film shows!

Discover archive film of Dorset

Seeking blind people in the archives

Sensing Helen poster image
On Friday 11 May we were delighted to host a screening of Sensing Helen. The fascinating film explores the experiences of two young women with visual impairments in Victorian Dorset, in comparison with the lives of visually impaired women living in Dorset today.

The film was thought provoking and well received by the audience. We look forward to adding it to our archive collections.

Much of the research for Sensing Helen was undertaken using records held at Dorset History Centre. You can read more about Tam Gilbert’s discoveries during the project on her blog.
Discover the background to Sensing Helen

Get your ticket for Bankes project conference

To celebrate the culmination of our Heritage Lottery funded project, Unlocking the Bankes Archive, we are holding a one day conference to share what we have discovered.

The conference will include specialist key-note speakers, as well as talks from some of the staff and volunteers involved with the project. There will be a buffet lunch, and hot drinks will be available throughout the day. Join us on 16 June at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Wimborne.

Reserve your place at the Bankes project conference!

New data privacy regulations

You may be aware of the new data privacy law being introduced in the UK from 25 May 2018.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to protect your privacy and guard against data breaches. It gives you greater control over how your personal data is used by organisations.

Dorset History Centre and Dorset Archives Trust are committed to keeping your data private and protected. We want to reassure you we only use your details to send you these e-newsletters via the web-based newsletter service, Mailchimp. We will not share your details with anyone else and we will only ever send information relevant to you.

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Upcoming events

  • Stepping into Nature workshops: local history activities open to all. First Monday of the month at Dorset History Centre, 10:30am to 12 noon
  • Unlocking the Bankes Archive Project Conference: Saturday 16 June at Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne Minster
  • Archive film show by Windrose Rural Media Trust: Saturday 16 June at Portesham Village Hall