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Archaeologist Celebrates Ancient Cranborne Chase Trailways In Forthcoming Talk

Modern archaeology was born on Shaftesbury’s doorstep in the Cranborne Chase. Expert Phil Planel will offer an insight into future local archaeological investigations you can join during a free AONB Zoom talk this Monday.

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Recreating North Dorset’s Old Railway Buildings In Enmore Green

Dorset dialect expert John Cluett is making models of former North Dorset railway station buildings in his ‘man cave’ in Enmore Green.

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Virtual Shaftesbury Abbey Redesigned Following Latest Expert Findings

There’s been an encouraging response to the digital reconstruction of Shaftesbury Abbey by Bristol University history student Fraser Guard.

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Bristol Student Recreates Shaftesbury Abbey Using Computer Game

A 20-year-old University of Bristol history student has used a video game to help us visualise how impressive Shaftesbury Abbey would have been.

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Shaftesbury History With Bob Kelley – Guys Marsh Hospital

Shaftesbury historian Bob Kelley shares stories about Guys Marsh Prison’s former use as a military hospital.

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Wartime Shaftesbury – Letters Reveal Shaftesbury Area Bombing Before The Blitz

Previously on Alfred, Alex Wynter shared the story behind the Enmore Green memorial that commemorates the Weirs.

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Historian Bob Kelley Shares Stories About The Colourful Earls Of Shaftesbury

Historian Bob Kelley has been investigating the Earls of Shaftesbury, who lived at Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset and have no apparent connection to our town.

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The History And Nature Of Bury Litton – Shaftesbury’s ‘Gem’

It’s easy to miss the enchanting wooded area, Bury Litton, at the top of Shaftesbury’s St John’s Hill.

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Shaftesbury History – A Tragic Gold Hill Death In The 1930s

Shaftesbury historian Dave Hardiman continues sharing the stories of our town’s former residents.

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Wintery North Dorset Dialect Poetry With John Cluett

Shaftesbury musician John Cluett is a huge fan of the North Dorset dialect poetry of Victorian writer William Barnes.

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