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.

The Poole Harbour Heritage Project (PHHP) is the working arm of the Trust, which is actively involved in research and exploration of parts of Poole Harbour and its environs that are considered to be of particular interest. It has active links with ongoing local archaeological work and with the local diving community who have interests complimentary to the project’s work. The PHHP has been looking at a number of interesting aspects of the Harbour’s history, and hosted the fascinating “Ship Wrecks of Poole Harbour” seminar day in 2013.

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