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How can we help?

The Keep Military Museum offers a research service, which is primarily aimed at the family historian. There is a £15.00 fee for conducting research, which is payable in advance. Our research co-ordinator, Jane Mills, is a volunteer as are our researchers. Please allow 2-8 weeks for a reply. For details on how to request research read the information below.

What research can the Keep Military Museum help me with?

Follow this link to download a copy of our Research Guide. 

What type of researcher can we assist?

Research requests: please see out link ‘How can I submit a research request?’

Private visits in person: we also offer personal visits to our private archives, which are by appointment only and you will be provided with a researcher to accompany you with your research. Times will depend on the researcher’s availability. These visits are charged at £30.00 and any photocopying is extra, this covers 2 hours with a researcher. Appointments must be made 4 weeks in advance to ensure that we hold sufficient information to aid you enquiry.

Commercial Enquiries: please contact the Curator regarding any information which will be published in the public domain.

Students: If you are a student and you wish to carry out research please contact the Curator to discuss your requirements.

How can I submit a research request?

Please send all research request to us in writing using our Enquiry Form click here to download our form and send your research request back to us by;

Email: as the subject put ‘Research’ and email to;
Post: The Keep Military Museum, Barrack Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RN
Or drop your form off at our Museum Visitors Desk

Our research is carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers and we request £15.00 for all research enquiries. 

How can I pay?

Fees: Our fees for research are levied on a not-for-profit basis and are used to fund the conservation and maintenance of the museum and its archives, as well as covering costs incurred. The charge of £15.00 which must be paid in advance is based on the time to complete the research and the preparation of a helpful and where possible informative response. Please allow 2-8 weeks for a reply. Each research enquiry is unique so times depend on the research required.

Ways to pay:

  • Cheque; should be made payable to ‘The Keep Military Museum’ and sent to; The Keep Military Museum, Barrack Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RN
  • Paypal; using our secure Paypal link in the box to the right hand side of the screen, Paypal will give you the instructions to pay

Please read our research guidelines before sending us your enquiry as it outlines what we can and cannot assist with as we cannot guarantee that every research enquiry will be successful.