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.

Kingston Lacy, 20th century
View of pyramids at Gebel Barkal, 1822
Henrietta and Ralph Bankes at Studland, 1907
Wall painting, Gebel Barkal, 1822
Court roll of Shapwick, 1651
Board game, 18th century
Letter from Anne Bankes in Bath, 1795
17th century map of Europe, Africa and Asia
Stone chimneypiece, Palazzo Ducale
Map of Corfe Castle, 1769
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