THE Dorset History Centre in Dorchester is hosting the Dorset History Network’s AGM and study day on November 9.

Anyone with an interest in Dorset’s history and archaeology is welcome to come along.

Dorset History Network chairman Jacqui Halewood said: “The interest in local history has never been more popular.

“The wealth and breadth of research across the county continues to amaze me, from work in museums to voluntary groups and individuals there are plenty of ideas to share and inspire other research projects.”

With the commemoration of the First World War imminent the keynote speaker will be local author Brian Bates. He will be talking about his research into the stories of the men who are commemorated on Dorchester’s war memorials.

Other talks include Roger Hills from the Dorset Castles Research Group on its recent project at Lulworth Castle with the Purbeck School, Cassandra Johnson on recent and future accessions at the Dorset History Centre, both traditional and electronic, museum projects and Lillian Ladle on the excavation of a Roman villa at Druce Farm.

Local history societies are invited to bring along displays and information about events and all DHN members are invited to briefly speak during the networking session about new projects, particularly plans relating to the commemoration of the First World War.

The Dorset History Network is an umbrella organisation bringing together individuals and local groups interested in all aspects of Dorset’s history.

Tickets cost £12.50. More information and booking forms are available online at or by emailing enquiries@dorset