Volunteer visits to Dorset History Centre

Volunteers from partner organisations have been  learning about the multi-faceted Bankes Archive project. Here at the Dorset History Centre we have been delighted to welcome volunteers from our partner organisation Kingston Lacy. Our visitors came to learn more about the project and gain an insight into the management of the Bankes Archive collection and our busy programme. They were… Read more Volunteer visits to Dorset History Centre

Queen Caroline’s Farcical Funeral Procession

A fortnight after his Coronation in January 1820, George IV went to Ireland, hoping that his estranged wife, Queen Caroline, would leave London before he returned.  She did, but not in the way he expected. After a short illness Queen Caroline died, and her body was swiftly conveyed to Harwich for burial in her native… Read more Queen Caroline’s Farcical Funeral Procession

Wet Feet on The Isle of Wight

Reading the letters of Frances Bankes to her mother-in-law, Margaret, is a real joy. Her character shines through with every sentence she writes, and it is easy to get carried away when looking for interesting quotes. These little snippets really capture her essence perfectly. We return to her holiday on the Isle of Wight in 1793,… Read more Wet Feet on The Isle of Wight

Pistols at Dawn: PM survives duel

The duel between the Duke of Wellington and Lord Winchilsea 8am Saturday 21st March 1829 Henry Bankes’ diaries record this extraordinary event. Despite the fact that all those involved were sworn to secrecy, the story was soon in the newspapers. This account is based on the evidence of Ld Winchilsea’s second, none other than Edward… Read more Pistols at Dawn: PM survives duel

There’s more to the Bankes Archive than the Bankes …… Part 3 Sir Christopher Hatton, Life, Debt and Legacies

Sir Christopher Hatton, owner of Corfe Castle from 1572 to 1591, was one of Queen Elizabeth’s right hand men. The importance of his role in Parliament and at Court cannot be over stated. During the period 1564 to 1587, whilst a member of the House of Commons, he was in almost daily attendance upon the… Read more There’s more to the Bankes Archive than the Bankes …… Part 3 Sir Christopher Hatton, Life, Debt and Legacies