Local Studies Centre - Summary of Resources
Swanage Sailing Club Records, including their photographic collection from 1935 - 2005
An extensive range of files containing copy material on most topics and themes relating to the history and development of Swanage (some held at the Museum, available upon request )
Index of Swanage building plans 1870's - 1970's (most originals held at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester). In addition the Museum also holds many original local building plans from the firm of Hardy's the Builders (1864 - 1985)
Ordnance Survey Maps - Large Scale editions for Swanage surveyed 1886 - 1980's
Swanage Parish Map - 1876
Ilminster Estate Map of Swanage 1762
Swanage Guide Books (originals and copies)1858 to date.
Swanage Street Directories 1911,1916 and 1934
Swanage Rate Books 1883 - 1923 (copies on CD) and Poor Books (includes copies from 1750 - 1794 and early 19th century)
Trade Directories for Swanage 1793 to 1939 and specific Public House Landlords Index.
Census Returns for Swanage 1841 - 1911
Family trees and research notes prepared by Museum volunteers, in addition to copies of research kindly donated by researchers who have used the Museum's facilities.
The Sheila Ford Collection of original research into Purbeck families, which includes an A-Z of local names, with family trees available in many instances.
Swanage Burial/Cemetery Records - including Northbrook and Godingston, together with some tombstone inscriptions for most Purbeck Parishes.
Swanage Tithe Map of 1840 - with apportionment.
Photographs of Swanage and local people from the 1860's to date, many kindly provided by enquirers who have used the Museum resources in the course of their own research.
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Swanage Parish Registers 1563 - 1812, together with listings for other parishes in Purbeck.
Local Newspapers on microfilm covering the years 1854, 1858, 1859, 1862, 1875 and a continuous run from 1877 to 1936 (with the exception of 1896, 1897, 1911 and 1912
Original research notes and files compiled by the late David Lewer, local historian and author of many books on Swanage. Includes extensive research on the Mowlem and Burt families together with local newspaper cuttings relating to local history topics from the 1930's to 2005.
Two libraries of Purbeck and Dorset related books compiled by the Purbeck Society, and the late David Lewer.