Thomas Hardy Archive and Collection
Thomas Hardy is a literary figure of international importance, both seminal and transitional, chronicling the traditions and culture of the rural community of Dorset, the impact of new ideas, scientific discoveries, social mobility, in an age on the cusp of change. The universality of his themes, power of his story-telling, and range of his poetry, makes Hardy’s work relevant to all generations and nationalities, and an inspiration to artists in all media.
The Hardy Collection is unique and unmatched anywhere in the world, comprising over 7,000 items, with many manuscripts, including The Mayor of Casterbridge, two other novels and two volumes of poetry.
The items on display in the Hardy section of the Writer’s Dorset Gallery are all included as part of this collection
Access to the archive is by appointment please email
or secretary@ dorsetcountymuseum.org
or telephone 01305 262735 for further information.
UNESCO recognition for Thomas Hardy
In July 2013 The Thomas Hardy Archive and Collection held at Dorset County Museum was added to the UNESCO Member of the World Register alongside such artefacts as the Domesday Book and the papers of Sir Winston Churchill.
The register exists to record documentary heritage which holds material of exceptional cultural significance to them UK and is of outstanding value in terms of time, place and people. In total eleven items were selected from the UK’s libraries, archives and museums to represent the outstanding heritage of the United Kingdom.
From the Domesday Book to Hitchcock’s Silent Films, these priceless items span nearly 900 years, come from across the country and embody pivotal moments in the history of their communities and the UK as a whole.