Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects

on Monday, 27 July 2015. Posted in Museums

Don’t forget to visit this wonderful touring exhibition inspired by the British Museum and telling the story of Wiltshire in 100 objects. Supported by the Arts Council England and managed by Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, the project showcases the varied nature of objects held throughout Wiltshire by its museums. These museums range from military collections, industrial sites, art galleries, heritage centres and small village museums as well as national collections.

The 100 objects are diverse and each gives an insight into the rich history of Wiltshire. They have been classified amongst ten major themes...

  • Beliefs and Ideas
  • Creative and Cultural
  • Food and Farming
  • Health, Learning and Social Reform
  • Industry and Manufacturing
  • Inventions and Firsts
  • Military and War
  • Rule and Rulers
  • Textiles and Weaving
  • Travel and Transport

However, many objects straddle these themes and can be associated across a number of subjects as well as being part of the geographical and chronological history of the county.

When you visit the exhibition you may see the intricately detailed smock once belonging to Bill Standerwick, a dairy farmer from Mere, a copy of the last letter by Thomas Hilliker written on the night before his execution for arson, 1803, or a medieval floor tile from Clarendon Palace.

The project is all about museums across Wiltshire working together and showcasing their fascinating collections. Do visit the exhibition and get a flavour of these collections and next time you want to visit somewhere interesting try a Wiltshire museum – you may consider supporting them by volunteering or joining in their activities in other ways.

The main exhibition with many of the 100 objects is now on tour through Wiltshire and Swindon:
until 12 September 2015 - Chippenham Museum
30 January - 9 April 2016 - Trowbridge Museum
16 May - 16 July 2016 - Wiltshire Museum, Devizes
22 July - 19 September 2016 - Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
8 October - 8 January 2017 – to be confirmed

Jackie Ramsay, Documentation Assistant, Museums and Conservation Advisory Service

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