Welcome to the Trust website.

It will tell you who we are , what we do and how to join us. We hope it makes history research interesting, archaeology something in which you can get involved, and brings alive the unseen history that is in the Harbour and its surroundings.

The mission of the Trust is to contribute towards the public understanding of Poole’s maritime heritage and that of its immediate surroundings. It does this in several ways:
1. Through support of historical and archaeological research
2. Through a programme of talks, presentations and visits to historical sites.
3. Through support of local museums and other historical study centres.

In the past it 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 1980s.

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.

Oyster midden  at Cleavel Point. Poole Harbour


A Geophysical survey of Cleavel Point Field has been carried out in conjunction with Bournemouth University. We hope the report will be available soon.
PHHP is currently setting up its ongoing work programme, potentially based on an area on the south side of the Harbour, between Newton Bay and Fitzworth Point. Members of the Trust, the Project and the public are welcome to get involved. Please email your contact details to our website.
The seminar, “Ship Wrecks of Poole Harbour” was held on the 23rd. February 2013 at the North Terminal Lounge, in the Port of Poole. We had some really great speakers. Special thanks to the Poole Harbour Commissioners for letting us use the North Lounge. Please see the news and blog page for comments on the seminar.


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