About Us

We are a friendly group of people who are interested in the history of the sea, boats, ships and everything nautical.

We tend to research subjects and objects that are of local interest, but our members are currentlly researching a wide range of subjects from world-wide shipping, ship and boat building, yachts, motorboats and  boating from earliest times to surveying Poole Harbour, its island, channels, shallows and shoreline.

We own or are acquiring metal detectors, underwater cameras, sonar,  a sub-surface profiler, magnetometers, coupled GPS, and have access to land-based geophys equipment and help from Bournemouth University in setting up and advising on usage of technical gear.

Apart from the library in our headquarters where members meet every Thursday morning, at which anyone is welcome, there are groups currently carrying out research on the South side of the Harbour. They are looking at Cleavel Field and the iron age remains, the possibility of finding a tessellated Roman pavement and the remains of a Roman Villa, reported to be near the edge of the Harbour.

Our sister group, the Poole Harbour Heritage Project [PHHP],  has been working on the history of the local Alum and Copperas Industries, much of which may have been based on Brownsea Island. Clay outcrops around the Harbour were used for pottery of all sorts, including the local pipe and brick industries. Brownsea Island had a substantial pottery and brick works taking clay from the edge of the Harbour. An extended investigation has been carried out on the “Studland Rings”. Although many suggestions have been offered as to the reason for creating them and their history, no final conclusion has been reached. Research continues.

Who stole King Henry II’s money that he sent to Poole, for building a new town at Newton Bay?
Why did people kick a pig’s bladder down a dusty cart track once a year to the Harbour’s edge?
How did the clay from the mines in the Purbeck Hills get to the Harbour, to be taken away on barges?
Why did the Iron Age people of Purbeck build a massive causeway to Green Island? [Is it a causeway or two piers?]

Find out all this and more when we walk the Harbour shoreline. Join us and walk with a knowledgeable leader who can bring the area alive with history. Enjoy a half day out in interesting surroundings. There is no commitment to join the PMT, but we think you will become interested and involved and might help us to discover more about the history of our area. We hope to see you soon.

The Poole Maritime Trust has a formal Safeguarding Policy with the object of the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults participating in Trust activities. This requires that children or vulnerable adults should be accompanied by a suitable carer or assistant when taking part in Trust activities.

If, notwithstanding the above, abuse of a child or vulnerable adult is suspected in connection with Trust activities or on Trust premises, the matter must be reported immediately to at least two Committee members who will verify the facts as far as possible, record them in writing and pass the matter on to an appropriate authority.
The full policy document is available for inspection by contacting the Secretary.

Please look at the  Poole Harbour Heritage Project website for news of events and happenings.


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