Island stories

If history's your thing, there are free guided walks every month throughout the season plus a Visitor Centre and agricultural collection to explore. To get hands on with how the Trust manages the island today; why not volunteer or explore our conservation in action projects.

brownsea history

Visitor Centre

A stop by the Visitor Centre will reveal hidden histories about the island you might not know about. Step in to the shoes of our pioneering people and learn how they shaped the island into what it is today.


Characters that shaped Brownsea Island

Meet characters from Brownsea's past.

The Scout Stone on Brownsea Island with a view of the Purbecks behind

Scouting and Guiding on Brownsea Island

In 1907 Lord Baden-Powell held his first experimental camp on Brownsea Island, laying the foundations for the worldwide Scouting and Guiding movements.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea's historical timeline

Brownsea has a remarkably varied history; from pirates to Edwardian society.