Poole History Online is a free online database of photographs, documents and data relating to the local history of the Borough of Poole. This website is managed by Poole Museum and updated by staff and volunteers. Find out more about this site. If you experience any problems, please see the help page.


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We are thrilled to announce that Poole Museum has received a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund of £2.2m for an exciting heritage project, “Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole’s Maritime Heritage”.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to transform Poole Museum into an outstanding cultural centre and a modern, thriving cultural space and community hub, greatly enriching the experience of Poole Quay and Old Town.


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Or for enquiries please contact david.watkins@bcpcouncil.gov.uk


History Centre Volunteers have transcribed the Poole records from the Uk Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811.
"This collection contains registers of the money received for the payment on taxes for an apprentice’s indenture between 1710-1811. The registers kept track of the money paid by masters of a trade to have an apprentice. The dates in the records are for when the tax was paid and may be some years after the apprenticeship, not when it started or finished."
The list in in chronological order but can be searched for individual surnames.


This new addition to the website was originally a card index of family names and references compiled from various sources. Now it is transformed by a Poole History Centre Volunteer into a single, searchable document.

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The VADs in Poole WW1 hospitals:

A roll call of all the women (and men) who enabled the WW1 hospitals in Poole to cope with all the wounded servicemen brought back from the Front.

Compiled by a Culture Volunteer working on the Poole, the First World War and its Legacy project.

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The 1918 General Election gave the right to vote to all men over the age of 21, women over the age of 30 and military personnel over the age of 19.
The lists give a name, home address, military service number and regiment, battalion or name of a ship.
This transcription is from the 1918 and 1919 electoral register for Poole and contains over 4000 names.