Bureau-cats: A short history of Whitehall’s official felines

Public interest in the cats of Whitehall began long before Larry, Palmerston and Gladstone graced our front pages and Twitter feeds.

In this podcast, records specialist Christopher Day reveals his favourite anecdotes from the ‘Home Office Cat’ files, including the story behind the naming of Nelson, Winston Churchill’s favourite cat; the controversy surrounding the behaviour of Peta, the first ‘Chief Mouser’ gifted to the UK government; and the verses exchanged between staff regarding the cats’ upkeep.

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PICTURES: Bournemouth’s Playhouse, Palace Court Theatre and Galaxy Cinema remembered 30 years on

THIRTY years ago, the future of a small but much-loved Bournemouth entertainment venue was being hotly debated.

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Bournemouth Transport FC players identified

COLIN Dugdale of New Milton recognised his grandfather Reginald Christopher in the Bournemouth Transport FC photograph belonging to Gwen Battrick and printed on March 1.

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PICTURES: Bournemouth’s Playhouse, Palace Court Theatre and Galaxy Cinema remembered 30 years on

THIRTY years ago, the future of a small but much-loved Bournemouth entertainment venue was being hotly debated.

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Quest to find out more about diarist reveals a man of many talents

A FASCINATING history of one man’s life has emerged due to a Weymouth man’s tenacity to find out more about his great-grandfather.

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Watercolours of the Middle East become Dorset History Centre’s 30,000th entry to the archives

STAFF at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester have added the 300,000th entry to the archive catalogue.

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Lots in store at popular Wyke Regis shop

THANKS to Kim Green for sending in these photos of the VG Shop in Portland Road, Wyke Regis taken in the 1960s.

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Survivor of HMS Exeter sinking recognised at special ceremony

THIS past weekend Kenneth Hodder of Stavordale Road, Weymouth, was honoured at a ceremony at Exeter Cathedral to remember those who were involved in the sinking of HMS Exeter on March 1 1945 – 75 years ago.

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Picture of the Day: Do you remember Hengistbury Head’s ‘stepped pole’?

ROB Forrester-Addie sent in this photograph his late wife took in 1975 of Rob and their son Max, who was then six years old, at Hengistbury Head.

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Can you name residents from Pokesdown in this old picture from 1953?

SUE Mathison of Bournemouth brought in this old photograph of residents from Wheaton, Rebbeck and Roberts roads in Pokesdown just before they set off on a trip to London in 1953.

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