Affiliated Groups

In the past the Trust has participated in a number of research projects, funding most of the diving and providing a dive tender for the Studland Bay wreck Project in the 1980’s.

The Trust founded The Poole Harbour Heritage Project Ltd, [PHHP] in September 2000 which, as a registered charity, instigates, carries out and supports archaeological research related to the Poole Harbour area. The Poole Harbour Heritage Project is currently engaged in a major archaeological survey of the Harbour and its environs.  Research has been under taken on the Green Island Causeway and on Green Island.

Poole Harbour Heritage Project (PHHP)

Poole Harbour and Poole Bay are rich in a diverse range of archaeological and historic landscapes and unique features. In order to protect and better understand the importance this precious area, a working arm of Poole Maritime Trust was established. PHHP runs in conjunction with Poole Harbour Commissioners and Bournemouth University to ensure that all heritage aspects are dealt with to the highest standards.

The origin of PHHP stems back to the pioneering team that excavated The Studland Bay Wreck in the 1980’s. This protected wreck site was the catalyst to establish the need for a formal working party to handle the ongoing and increasing maritime research work. Poole Maritime Trust both funded and founded PHHP in September 2000 in its current form and regular meetings are held at the Harbour Master’s offices or at Bournemouth University.

Its members consist of a broad range of academics, local experts, divers, curators and archaeologists and is sufficiently open to draw upon the knowledge of anyone who can help to further the aims of the group. Over the years there have been numerous projects from wrecks to submerged structures, foreshore features, geological anomalies , clay deposits, salt production, archaeological surveys and excavation, transport and industrial heritage etc.

Members of the public bring discoveries and stories to the group where matters can be investigated. The publication of our research work is of great importance to ensure the knowledge is widely available to future generations. The group has also produced books to encompass the breadth of our remit and provide a wealth of educational material for all ages. PHHP arranges lectures to enable ongoing subjects to be brought to the community’s attention and has strong links to Poole Museum. The working group is chaired by Professor Tim Darvill OBE and you can contact the team through Poole Maritime Trust.

See Galleries for images of the research PHHP have carried out.

The East Dorset Antiquarian Society (EDAS), established for over 30 years, is an amateur society based in Wimborne, which is actively engaged in all aspects of archaeology and historical research. Of particular interest is the EDAS work on the brick kiln on Brownsea Island and the Clay Canal in Lytchett Bay. EDAS meet at St Catherine’s Church Hall, Lewens Lane, Wimborne BH21 1LE on the 2nd Wednesday in the month. See:

Society For Poole
The Society for Poole (formerly the Society of Poole Men) was founded in 1924 and was instrumental in saving Scaplen’s Court, parts of which date from 1380, and which is acknowledged as a national treasure.

The aims of the Society are “To promote Poole, its history, culture and people” Not an historical society, we are working with BCP Council regarding the town’s strategic development plan whilst voicing concerns over general planning issues and environmental issues. We also explore opportunities to promote the town, retaining traditions such as Beating the Bounds, the erection of historic blue plaques & information boards as well as promoting the use of the Poole Flag.


Society for Poole

Poole Museum / Poole History Centre 

Poole Harbour Commissioners 

Poole Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS)

Poole Flying Boats Celebration 

Pirates of Poole 

Swanage Pier Trust

World Ship Society – Dorset Branch

Paddle Steamer Preservation Society – Wessex & Dart Branch

Coastal Cruising Association    

The Dorset Wildlife Trust 

Bournemouth University. Department of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Bournemouth University Marine archaeology

Arts University, Bournemouth. AUB

National Trust, Brownsea

Upton House, Upton, Poole

Tom Sherrin Project