The Wheelhouse Club: the centre for kids who dared to be different

It is over 50 years since the Wheelhouse Club and Coffee Bar opened in the former wartime Bournemouth Food Office at Wootton Mount in the centre of the town.

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Bournemouth’s first woman police officer dies at 96

BOURNEMOUTH’S first woman police officer has died aged 96.

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LOOKING BACK: When Dorset was in the grips of the deadly winter of 1963

WE’VE just experienced the warmest December on record.

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LOOKING BACK: Glorious Victorian Swanage

THIS lovely old photo shows Swanage around 125 years ago.

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LOOKING BACK: Dreaming spires of Weymouth

A BEAUTIFUL sight once used to dominate Weymouth’s skyline.

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LOOKING BACK: Get all shook up with Elvis screening in Dorchester

THERE’S a chance to see Elvis Presley making his acting debut in Dorchester next week.

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Magna Carta – what’s so ‘great’ about the charter?

We apologise for the variable sound quality of this podcast.

This year is the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta – King John’s Great Charter. This charter guaranteed a number of vital rights and privileges and is still seen as being the foundation of many modern liberties. To mark this important anniversary, we are holding a range of events and exhibitions.

In this discussion chaired by Dr Sophie Ambler world experts come together to debate the importance of Magna Carta.

Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at University of East Anglia, is an expert on 12th and 13th century English and European political and administrative history, and author of Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2012). He is the Honorary Secretary of the Pipe Roll Society.

Louise Wilkinson, Professor of Medieval History, Christ Church College Canterbury, is an expert on women in the age of Magna Carta, and 13th-century political and administrative history. She is the honorary General Editor of the Pipe Roll Society.

Paul Brand, Professor of English Legal History and Emeritus Fellow at All Souls Oxford, is an expert on English and Irish legal history, specialising in 13th-century law. He is the Honorary Treasurer of the Pipe Roll Society.

David Crook, formerly of The National Archives, is one of the leading experts on medieval records and forest law.

David Carpenter, Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London, is an expert on the reign of Henry III (1216-72) and author of Magna Carta (Penguin, 2015).

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IN PICTURES: 74 years of the Bournemouth Spartans Christmas Day dip

AT the time of year when most people are revelling in warmth and laziness, some people are volunteering for the opposite.

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LOOKING BACK: Happy memories of Weymouth holidays

Thanks to Looking Back reader Tracey Dias-Gunawardena for sharing this happy memory of Weymouth holidays with us.

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LOOKING BACK: A parish and its people remembered in community project

TODAY we are taking a look at some old photographs of the hamlet of Wytherston, near Powerstock.

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