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Local Studies Resources and Collections


There is a Local Studies Resource Room on the first floor of the Red House Museum. Visitors can access the resources here during our opening hours.  No need to book. However if you wish to view our originals source material or archives you will need to contact us in advance to make an appointment.

The museum collection include archive maps, plans, books, letters and printed ephemera, dating from the early nineteenth century.

The photographic collection includes postcards, albums and slides from the Victorian period to the present day. We have made copies of many of these photographs which are available in Local Studies Resource Room and are available on a drop in basis. We have also made some of these images available on public access computer in the museum.

These folders are categorized by location, and include the Christchurch area, the outlying villages and parts of Bournemouth. There are also copies of trade directories from nineteenth and twentieth century to assist family genealogists. The resource room also contains information about local themes such as transport, the Priory and notable people. Our folders also have articles, guides and notes about past exhibitions held at the museum.

The museum is able to provide colour or black and white copy of image from the extensive photographic and art collection for private use for a small fee. If you are interested in using our images for commercial purposes please contact us for further details.

The museum works closely with local partners including Christchurch Local History Society who also hold and extensive local history archive covering the town and district. You can contact them at them 01202 482450.

How to obtain copies of museum images

The museum has over 10,000 images relating to Christchurch and District.  If you wish to obtain a copy of one of our images they are available for private study or research.  Copyright of these images remains the property of Hampshire County Council and any reproduction is expresly prohibited.  We produce images to the highest standards.  Our digital images can be produced up to 300dpi.  Prices listed are inclusive of VAT and p&p.

FORMAT            Per Print

Digital                    £5

A5                          £8

A4                         £10

A3                         £16

Images for commercial use can be produced up to 600dpi.  Fees are dependent on the purpose, media format and whether you require UK or global publication rights.  Prices on application.


A brief overview of the resources available to visitors in our Local Resources Room

Aerial Photographs

Museum Photograph Collection by location

  • Christchurch High Street Westside & Eastside

  • Old Pit site Southside

  • Millhams Street, Bridge Street, Castle Street, Church Street, Church Lane

  • Bargates, Fairmile, St Catherine’s Hill, Knapp Mile

  • Barrack Road, Stour Road, Iford, Jumpers

  • Priory Church

  • Wick Lane, The Quay, Place Mill, Mill Stream

  • Tuckton, Wick Ferry, Purewell, Somerford, Mudeford

  • Hill Forts, Red House Museum, Blackwater, Hengistbury Head

  • Highcliffe Castle, Hinton, Highcliffe, Burton, Hurn, Sopley, Winkton, Heron Court

  • Bournemouth, Southbourne, Boscombe

Museum Photograph & Prints Collection by subject

  • Birth of Bournemouth, Transport

  • Christchurch Regatta, Local Military, Fire Brigade, MEXE

  • Rowland Adams photographs 1960 – 1966, Postcards



Christchurch Business Directories

1874, 1897, 1899

1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1918, 1919

1920, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1936

1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969

1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975


Trade Directories (excerpts of Christchurch area)

1828, 1839, 1847, 1852, 1855, 1859, 1867, 1875, 1878, 1880

1890, 1895, 1899, 1903, 1907, 1915,

1920, 1923, 1927, 1935, 1939

Electoral Registers of the Borough of Christchurch

1861, 1868, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1879

1880, 1883, 1884, 1918

Articles, Guides and Miscellaneous

  • Signal Research Development at Steamer Point, Mudeford

  • Edwardian Album of Local Scenes

  • Alan White cuttings 1950s to 1970s

  • Sales Particulars of Brownsea Castle 1913

  • Beaminister Fmaily circa 1890

  • Maidment family early Twentieth Century

  • HE Miller Verger at the Priory 1910-12


Past Red House Museum Exhibition Guides and Notes

  • Sir Donald Bailey – the Bridge and the Man

  • The Art of Old Advertising, Highway Robbery, Water Meadows of Christchurch

  • Railways Lines around Christchurch, Food in Christchurch

  • People’s wartime memories collected for the D Day exhibition in 1994

  • A Military Connection – A History of the Christchurch Barracks

  • The Great Reform Act 1832

  • Druitt Gardens, VE Day, Wings Over Christchurch