The AA patrolman who helped motorists during snow storm of 1963

David Michael Edwards of Wimborne recently attended a reunion of the local Automobile Association. He joined the association in 1961 and after completing a two week training course in Keysworth, Nottinghamshire, was given a sidecar and sent to a base at Sturminster Marshall to patrol the road from Blandford to Wimborne. He would later patrol other roads in the area.

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GALLERY: The 100-year story of Wilts and Dorset buses

A CENTURY ago, it ran a solitary, open bus between two towns in Wiltshire.

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GALLERY: What REALLY happened to Bournemouth Square’s leaning clock tower

WHAT ever happened to the clock tower?

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Security Service file release October 2015: Discussion

Stephen Twigge head of modern collections at The National Archives in conversation with Professor Christoper Andrew former official historian of MI5 and author of ‘The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5’, and Gill Bennett former chief historian of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, discussing one of the most famous spy cases in history along with some other highlights from the release of Security Service files to The National Archives in October 2015.

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Security Service file release October 2015: Introduction

Professor Christopher Andrew, formerly official historian of MI5 and author of ‘The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5’, introduces key files from the release of Security Service files to The National Archives in October 2015.

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GALLERY: How Bournemouth Square has changed over the years

When Lewis Tregonwell, the founder of modern Bournemouth, came to town in 1810, there was an inn standing near what is now known as the Square but not much else. 

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Barbara Hepworth, her life and work

Barbara Hepworth’s life and work examined through records held by selected archives, including The National Archives and the Tate archives, marking the 40th anniversary of her death

Inga Fraser is Assistant Curator of Modern British Art 1890-1945 at Tate Britain and assistant to curators of the exhibition, Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World at Tate Britain. Briony Paxman is a modern records specialist at The National Archives.

Morwenna Roche and Bianca Rossmann from Tate Archives discuss their project to catalogue Barbara Hepworth’s personal and professional papers, which provide a fascinating and rich insight into her life and work.

This podcast was recorded live in July 2015, as part of an afternoon of events at The National Archives, Kew.

We apologise for the variable sound quality of this podcast.

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What happened to residents from VE Day party in Parkstone?

Doreen Bennett ( nee Alcock ) brought in a photograph of a VE Day street party in Woking Road, Parkstone. She thinks it was taken from an upstairs window.

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Do you know history of Bechstein piano?

Kelly Carolan is researching the history of a Bechstein piano she recently acquired. It was originally purchased from Parkers Piano Specialists at 250 Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth.

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South Kinson Junior School football team identified

Christine Oliver identified several of the players in Keith Arnold’s photograph of South Kinson Junior School football team taken during their 1958-59 season. The picture was first published on June 17 and then on Sept 2.

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