SDNQ Notices

November 2017

Dorset Record Society has just published a new volume: Ralph Treswell, Maps and Survey of Purbeck 1585. Please see the Dorset Record Society page on this website for details of how to order a copy.

October 2016

Please note that the address for Dorset Record Society is now: c/o Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP

February 2015

Searchable facsimile copies of SDNQ, 1890 – 1980 are now available at

November 3 2014

Ann Smith has sent the following notice:

Michael Hill’s latest book, West Dorset Country Houses, £49.95 is described by Amazon as: A splendidly comprehensive account of the country houses in the western half of Dorset, which accompanies the author s previous acclaimed volume on the houses of the eastern part of the county. West Dorset presents a contrast with its intimate valleys and hidden houses. Major houses include Milton Abbey, built alongside a vast medieval monastic church and a rare example of Sir William Chambers Gothick style. Its chief rival is the startlingly original Sherborne Castle, left incomplete by Sir Walter Raleigh at his execution. More than 40 further equally entrancing major houses are explained and more than 80 others follow in a comprehensive gazetteer. It is richly illustrated with both historic illustrations and sumptuous colour photographs taken especially for the book. This is for anyone who loves the beautiful county of Dorset or admires the riches of English country houses. Michael Hill is a widely-recognised expert on country-house architecture and is the reviser of the Buildings of England volume for Dorset.

May 30 2013

The University of Adelaide has sent the following notice:

This week the University of Adelaide Press is launching the book The Sound of William Barnes’s Dialect Poems. Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect, first collection (1844) by T. L. Burton (available in two editions, paperback and a free downloadable PDF version).

It is the first volume of a series, developed from Tom Burton’s groundbreaking study William Barnes’s Dialect Poems: A Pronunciation Guide (The Chaucer Studio Press, 2010), which sets out to demonstrate for the first time what all of Barnes’s dialect poems would have sounded like in the pronunciation of his own time and place. Every poem is accompanied by a facing-page phonemic transcript and by an audio recording freely available from our website. 

Emeritus Professor Tom Burton has worked for the University of Adelaide since 1974. His current research focus is the poetry of William Barnes. He regularly organises performances of Barnes’ poetry in the poet’s original Dorset dialect for the Adelaide Fringe Festival.   

For more details, please have a look at: