How was the building used after the war?

1954 – 2002

1945 – 50 Post war the Red Cross used the upstairs as a depot. The ground floor consisted of a reading room, a card room and a billiard room. However, local interest had declined and the Institute was running into financial difficulties. Responsibility for the building was handed over to Dorset County Council.

1952 – 1997 The building served as the town’s public library, until the library service relocated to new premises.

2002 – The building was declared unsafe and listed as ‘at risk’.

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