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Accredited Museum Arts Council England

Dorset Museums Association



Local History Society

The Gillingham Local History Society was founded in 1953 and its aims are twofold

1) to support the Gillingham Museum, an independent museum which is here to show you how more than a thousand generations have seen this corner of the Blackmore Vale grow from a Neolithic settlement to what it is today.  The Museum is run entirely by volunteers and funded totally on grants and donations.

2) to bring local history to the inhabitants of Gillingham and the surrounding area.

From September to May the Society holds monthly lectures on topics of local history and/or interest.  These lectures are free to Members and guests/visitors are welcome (donations appreciated).  During the summer excursions and outings are usually arranged.  Members also receive, free of charge, our annual Journal that always contains interesting articles on historical aspects of the local area.

This is a great way to meet new people and find out something about the local area.