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.
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
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
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
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
Birth of Bournemouth, Transport
Christchurch Regatta, Local Military, Fire Brigade, MEXE
Rowland Adams photographs 1960 – 1966, Postcards
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
1828, 1839, 1847, 1852, 1855, 1859, 1867, 1875, 1878, 1880
1890, 1895, 1899, 1903, 1907, 1915,
1920, 1923, 1927, 1935, 1939
1861, 1868, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1879
1880, 1883, 1884, 1918
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
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