Archives and Publications


Our archivist Mark Churchill, along with curators Michael Le Bas, Carolyn Martin and Tessa Pearce, are always pleased to receive enquiries about, or additions, to our archives. Please use the details on our contact page to get in touch.

The Archives are filed under the following main headings:

VillagesSpecial topicsReference and Research aids
Borough and civic mattersSpecial research projectsCollectors’ and antique guides
Churches and chapelsThe Great 1731 fireLocal history books etc.
Family namesBlandford CampLocal interest magazines
Trade directories and census recordsSomerset & Dorset Railway
Trades, services and industriesWWII Defences
Large houses and hotelsCanal
Mediaeval, Monastic and Manorial HistoryFloods
Leisure and Sport
Art and Design
Old newspapers
Deeds and documents
Family bibles and albums


The museum publishes a variety of booklets for readers of all ages, from historic facsimiles and authoritative monographs to popular Blandford tales and the latest re-tellings of the town’s past. These are available to buy in the Museum shop.