Dorset History Centre is working in partnership with the National Trust at Kingston Lacy and the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne on an exciting project focused on one of Dorset’s largest and most significant archive collections, that of the Bankes family.

Work is underway on Unlocking the Bankes Archive, a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the discovery of this internationally significant archive.

Egyptian painting: waiting chariot from the Battle of Qadesh scene
Detail from the Great Temple, Abu Simbel
Corfe Castle, drawn by William John Bankes
Ralph Treswell’s ‘A Survey of the Isle of Purbeck’, 1586.
Ralph Treswell's survey of the Isle of Purbeck, 1586
Photograph of Henrietta Bankes with her children and a pony and dog
Henrietta Bankes and her children at Kingston Lacy

Invite to a Garden Party, 1897

Detail from a map, showing Poole bay, c1610

Middle Eastern letter, 1810s

Kingston Hall, by Charles Barry, 1835

Design for the Almhouses at Studland, 1863

Surrender of Drayton's Tenement, Corfe Castle, 1754

Corfe Castle, 1586

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