Events and Activities

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures




Events and Activities

Wiltshire Local History Forum

Hands-on History: A Local History Workshop run by Wiltshire Local History Forum

Saturday 8th October, 10 - 4 pm

Cost £5.00 including tea and coffee 

See poster for full details of the day



"How do they do that?"

Saturday October 22nd   10am-4pm     FREE! ALL WELCOME - NO BOOKING REQUIRED!

Confirmed so far:

Time Team's Phil Harding flint knapping (from 12pm)

Archaeological Ironworker Hector Cole on forging Sir Terry Pratchett's sword and a Roman miniature sword

Discover the world of Pelham Puppets

Visit a Barber Surgeon and find out about old cures and remedies

Find out about the archaeology of your area and how our archaeologists uncover the past

Learn about Victorian crime and an Edwardian disaster

How to date your house

Hear mini-talks from experts

Behind the scenes in the strong rooms and conservation labs

Children's activities - 'make and take'!

Much more...Come along and get hands on with history!

Poster here - please feel free to download and display to help us reach more people


EXPLORE YOUR ARCHIVE WEEK - NOVEMBER 2016 - see below programme of talks



If Walls Could Talk... Wiltshire Buildings Record Study Day      15 October 2016  10:30-4:30pm

Market Lavington Community Hall

See for booking details


Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Conference      19 November 2016 

Devizes Corn Exchange

Celebrating 30 years of World Heritage at Stonehenge and Avebury

Tickets £40 if booked by 29th September/ £45 from 30th September (includes buffet lunch).

Available through and Eventbrite.

Full details on PDF poster



Author's Talks


Talks and Lectures 

Re-wilding Britain: Wild Wiltshire      24 November 2016  7pm

An Audience with Wildlife Photographer Nick Upton - FREE but booking required

Some of Nick's work has been acquired by the HLF-funded Creative Wiltshire project - see:

This talk is a great opportunity to learn more about Wiltshire-based photographer Nick's life and work.


Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Wiltshire      6 December 2016  10:30am*

Find out about what archaeologists are finding in our county with Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist.


Wednesday Lectures:

Getting more out of the History Centre      2 November 2016  10:30-12:30pm*

Archivist Ally McConnell will help you get the best out of our catalogues and finding aids, and will conduct you on a behind the scenes tour of the Centre.

Looking for Ancestors in a Wiltshire Institution      9 November 2016  10:30am*

Delve into the dark work of prisons, workhouses and lunatic asylums and find out how and why our ancestors were there, with archivist Margaret Moles.

A Treasure House for Local History      16 November 2016  10:30am*

Claire Skinner will cover the main sources for local history held at WSHC and examine how they can help your research into a Wiltshire town or village.

Preserving and Conserving Archives      23 November 2016  10:30am*

Senior Conservator Sarah Volter will explain and demonstrate some of the specialist techniques used by the archive conservators, and will advise on simple ways you can keep your own records safe for the future.


Saturday Workshops/Talks

Reading Old Handwriting Workshop      19 November 2016  2-4:30pm**

Let archivist Steve Hobbs guide you through the maze of reading 16th and 17th century handwriting - all abilities welcome. Please let staff know if you are a beginner or more experience in reading old handwriting when you book.

The Life of Queen Mary I      26 November 2016  2pm*

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mary I, popularly klnown as 'Bloody Mary'. Find out more about this controversial Queen with archivist Robert Jago.


*Admission price for talks: £3.00

**Admission price for workshops at WSHC: £5.00

Tickets for events at the History Centre may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk or can be reserved on 01249 705500 (Tues-Sat 9:30-5) Payment by credit card or cheque is only possible for 2 more tickets. Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.