In this strange, socially-distanced world, many of us are watching from our windows or gardens as winter gives way to spring. Leaves are sprouting, birds are singing, and the sun is shining just that little bit more. As the lockdown continues, and nature rolls onward, the team at Dorset History Centre wanted to offer you some 'hands-on' activities to keep you, or the children, entertained.
We also want to remind you that the staff are still working, and if you have any questions or queries about your own research, please feel free to get in touch!
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Who will you discover?
During these challenging times, Dorset Libraries and DHC are aware that many users can no longer access Ancestry for free from our facilities. To overcome this problem we are providing Ancestry Library Edition access to you from home whilst we are closed.
You can trace your family history and search:
*Please note that this service is only available to people who live in the Libraries West consortium area. If you are anywhere else in the UK, please check with your own local authority to see what arrangements they have made.
Go to Libraries West and begin your journey...
Something for the kids...
Recently, we have been developing some activity sheets for children to keep them entertained if their parents are visiting Dorset History Centre. Given the current situation, we hope parents are able to use them at home to inspire or entertain their children!
You can find three different sheets on our blog - looking at the themes of maps; World War Two in Dorset; and the work of John Hutchins. The sheets are available both as images in the blog, as well as PDF downloads for you to print out and explore with your kids at home!
If you have used the sheets, we would love to know how you've got on! Why not share some pictures with us on Twitter?
Download the activity sheets!