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About East Dorset Heritage Trust

The East Dorset Heritage Trust is an environmental education charity, founded in 1987.
Its aims include:

Stimulating interest in the landscape, wildlife and archaeology of the area;

Fostering an awareness of environmental management and the community;

Providing an open forum for anyone with local environmental interests;

Developing new approaches to environmental education.

Our Patrons

Professor David Bellamy OBE
Sir Tim Berners-Lee OM

Our Management Board & Trustees

Chairman: Cllr Derek Burt                          (EDCC)
Vice-Chairman: Mr D Smith                       (co-opted)

Mr S Bartlett                     (East Dorset District Council)
Mr N Bichard                    (Royal Institute of British Architects)
Dr L Haskins                   (Dorset Wildlife Trust)
Mr A Hunt                         (The National Trust)
Mrs P Hymers                 (co-opted)
Mr S Protheroe                (Wimborne Civic Society)   
Mrs C Thompson           (Priests House Museum Trust)
Mr P Walker                     (East Dorset Antiquarian Society)

Treasurer: Mr A Breakwell
Company Secretary: Mr M Lockyer
Adviser: Mr J Lowe

Our Staff

Trust Manager: Sarah Evans
Systems & Projects Manager: Ian Utley
Trust Administrator: Kim Hiett

Our Contribution to the Community

East Dorset Heritage Trust is strongly committed to helping and contributing to the community of East Dorset. At present this commitment consists of the following:

Provision of office space and technical support for the Vision Wimborne Dialaride community transport service

Provision of office space for the Wimborne BID

Provision of storage facilities for the The Priest's House Museum

Administrative, secretarial and treasury services for community groups, including Vision Wimborne, Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, Storytelling at the Ancient Technology Centre, Wimborne Community Theatre, Wimborne Folk Festival, Wimborne Literary Festival and Wimborne History Festival.

About Allendale House

Allendale House






Allendale House is a fine Georgian building in the middle of the market town of Wimborne Minster.  It has been home to East Dorset Heritage Trust since 2001 when the Trust moved from Market House in the Cornmarket.

Sir Jeffrey Wyatville originally designed Allendale House in 1823 as a family home for the Castleman family. William Castleman was a Steward to the Hanham Estate. His eldest son, Edward, became a Steward to the Bankes Estate while his youngest son, Charles, successfully campaigned to bring the railway to Wimborne.

Allendale House then passed through several hands before becoming first Miss Susie Funnell's School for Young Ladies then Wimborne High School for Girls.

The building was purchased by Wimborne Urban District Council in 1939 as the Civic Centre. It remained so until the reorganisation of the local authorities in 1974.There then followed a succession of businesses.

When the House became empty at the turn of the Twentieth Century, the Trust moved in and returned the building to community use.

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                                                                         © East Dorset Heritage Trust 2010 | Charity No: 1002126 | Company No: 2532151.