Discover Old Swanage book launch

Discover Old Swanage

Discover Old Swanage

Discover Old Swanage with David Haysom

David Haysom is a local historian and Honorary Curator of the Swanage Museum. A lifelong resident, he has just had published a new book, Discover Old Swanage, the long-anticipated follow-up to Swanage and Purbeck in Old Photographs, but with a new twist. It explores Swanage through old photographs following seven different routes around town.

The book is being launched on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December at the Christmas Fair, Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre, 10.30–3.30 pm. On display will be some of the Museum’s archive materials, and David will be signing copies of his book, available to buy at a special ‘launch’ price.

David says, ‘My first book was published in 1991 and sold out within 18 months. So many people have asked over the years where they could obtain a copy or was I writing another book; so at last here it is.’

‘Most of the 350 photos, old advertisements and maps have never been published before. It’s a trip down memory lane, with photos of local people and businesses, some of whom/which are still around today. I really wanted to capture the story behind the photos and did a lot of research in order to provide detailed captions.’

David will also be at the New and Secondhand Bookshop in Station Road on Saturday 4 December from 1 pm onwards, signing copies and chatting to locals.

The following Saturday (18 Dec) Roving Press authors will be at Words Etcetera Bookshop, 2 Cornhill, Dorchester, from 1 pm. Roving Press specialises in local interest books (tel 01300 321531) and also publish Lesser Known Swanage, a contemporary guide to the town. Come and enjoy the special ‘Christmas discount’ prices, free refreshments and fun for the children.