There's always lots happening at the History Centre including:

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures



Events and Activities


Author's Talks



Talks and Lectures 

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Wassailing, Witches and Madness in Bean Fields: Folklore in Wiltshire with Michael Marshman

A look at some aspects of ritual and customs in Wiltshire as recorded by the countryman and prolific Wiltshire writer, Ralph Whitlock. Conflicting opinions on the origins of much of what is referred to as folklore are held and this talk looks at some Wiltshire examples and offers suggestions as how these might have evolved.

 Tuesday 19th January 2016

Should Have Taken the Medicine: a short guide to horrible cures, remedies and death in Wiltshire history with Terry Bracher

The effective practice of medicine and drugs is comparatively recent in this country and our archives show a very different picture in the not too distant past. Come and be surprised, and a little horrified, by what people once endured in the hope of getting better and by what happened when they didn’t.



These talks will take place in the Education Room, off the Reception area, of the History Centre at 10.30 a.m. Please arrive a few minutes before the start of a talk.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk in the History Centre or can be reserved (payment by credit/debit card, or by cheque, for 2 or more tickets) on 01249 705500 (Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.30 – 5.00). Numbers are limited so please buy your ticket in advance.

Admission for talks £3.00



Writing Course, Trowbridge Arts

Do you want to write scripts for performance - plays, screenplays, radio plays?

Would you like the opportunity for sharing ideas, stories and characters and receiving feedback from like-minded writers?

As well as developing your own style, skills and ideas, the programme will include a strand of new writing and work shopping for a project that develops ideas for per- formance inspired by the theme of World War I.

There will be three terms for this course running over 2015 and 2016. You can choose to join one , two or all three terms, with each term structured as a standalone activity or with all three terms creating a fuller programme of learning.

Price: £50 a term

Term 1: Tuesday’s 27 October - 15 December 2015 (8 weeks) plus two optional visits, one to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and one to Trowbridge Museum to experience WWI source materials to inspire your writing. 7pm - 9pm. Age 18+

Term 2: Tuesday’s 19 January - 15 March 2016 (8 weeks, half term 16 February) culminating in a Rehearsed Reading. 7pm - 9pm. Age 18+

Term 3: Tuesday’s 12 April - 7 June 2016 (8 weeks, half term 31 May) culminating in a Script in Hand Performance. 7pm - 9pm. Age 18+

Visit for information or call us: 01225 774306 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

***NB This course is held at Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street,Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14***

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund





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