William Barnes encapsulates the social history of an entire English social class over three centuries. He is probably the only writer to re-create in his work the way in which the rural working class spoke, as well as recording their customs, traditions and daily life. It covers the social history of agricultural life from the days of Shakespeare until the late 19th Century.
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Documents include different editions of published works as well as books from Barnes personal library, and collections bequeathed by Giles Dugdale, Dr Bernard Jones, Trevor Hearl and Clement Denis.
At this stage there is no web-based catalogue of the collection available. However, the William Barnes Archive is available to researchers strictly by appointment. Researchers wishing to visit the William Barnes collection should complete and submit the Research Inquiry Form. A minimum of 28 day’s notice of a planned visit is required to ensure your visit can be managed smoothly.
In order to provide the best possible research facility for you, the downloadable form available here should be completed as fully as possible and returned to The Curator, William Barnes Collection, Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA at least four weeks before your planned visit. You may e-mail to: email@example.com