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.



Follow the top link to explore the Poole Trail website and when you're out and about in Poole use your mobile phone to watch archive film, listen to local memories and see old photographs of Poole's landmarks. Look for the colourful More to Explore signposts and find out the town's connection to Boy Scouts, cod, gunpowder and flying boats.


We are especially interested in information about the people of Poole in the First World War. Please click on the link above for our contact details.


Read and listen to memories of Poole people- at work, at play, at war and through life. Interesting snippets and stories from the past which will bring the history of Poole to life.


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.


Volunteers are transcribing the Church and Marshalsea Rate assessed on the Parish of St. James in the Town and County of Poole.
The parish was responsible for supporting their own poor. Wealthy citizens were taxed to provide this poor relief. The Church and Marshalsea Rate is a list of these wealthy people and the amount they were taxed. It is arranged by street. It is a very useful resource from the mid 1700s. You can use it to discover who was living where, descriptions of buildings and the wealthiest citizens.


A collection of transcriptions and images of various charters from 1248-1688.
Discover the privileges granted to the people of Poole by different Lords of Manors and Monarchs from the middle ages to the late seventeenth century.