About Us

A short history

The Dorchester Association was established in 1982 to promote and encourage the study of Dorchester’s history and archaeology and to engage local people with the conservation of their heritage.

We normally hold a series of eight lectures on Thursday evenings between September and May, usually at the Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to attend talks for a suggested donation of £3. These events are currently suspended because of the Covid 19 situation. A programme of talks for members is being held on Zoom until normal meetings can resume.

Just as local people conserved Dorchester’s Roman and pre-Roman monuments by forcing changes to the route of the railways at the height of the Industrial Revolution, so the Association continues this tradition today by voicing its opinion on local heritage conservation issues.


Programme September to November 2020
Maumbury Rings, the Roman amphitheatre at the southern end of the town.

“the Association voices its opinion on local heritage conservation issues”

West Walks, which follow the line of the Roman wall. The Borough Gardens on the left occupy the site of three lines of defensive ditches.

About 50 people attended the first meeting in 1982; today the Association has about 100 members and maintains its core activities. It organises talks, excursions, walks and field trips every year and members are encouraged to carry out research as well

We also organise field trips to digs, houses, museums and other places of interest, often at short notice in the case of archaeology on development sites. Please see the Events page for further details. Visitors can join us on these but sometimes we need to make the visits ‘Members only’ for logistical reasons. 

Members viewing archaeological work at Poundbury.
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