Author's Talks

Talks and lectures



Events and Activities


Author's Talks



Talks and Lectures 

Tuesday 23rd February

Latin for Family History with Claire Skinner

An absolute must for the budding family historian. This will guide you through the basics and assist with deciphering old documents from parish records to wills.

Thursday 10th March

The Archaeology of Chippenham with Mike Stone

A fascinating probe into this town's past using archaeologcal vidence unearthed in recent years by the local author and historian, Mike Stone.

Thursday 24th March

Looking for our Ancestors in Wiltshire Institutions with Margaret Moles

A popular talk which enables us to search the Wiltshire archives for our less fortunate family members in workhouses, asylums and prisons.

Thursday 7th April

Looking at Old Photographs with Michael Marshman

Early processes, paper sizes and other points on how to date early photographs. Also, how to look after these valuable images.

Thursday 28th April

Edward VI: the Boy King with Robert Jago

An interesting insight into the brief reign of this young monarch, heir to Henry VIII.

Thursday 12th May

Putting Wiltshire on the Map with Felicia Davies & Anne Lovejoy

Charting the progress of the 'Know Your Place - West of England' digital mapping project, as it expands into Wiltshire.There's always lots happening at the History Centre including.

Thursday 26th May

The History of Calne - from Saxon Town to Bacon Innovatorwith Michael Marshman

Mike explores the extensive industrial history of this north Wiltshire market town. How the town has developed through the ages and the influence of major production on the inhabitants.

Thursday 9th June

Wiltshire Pastimes: an Historical look at Sport and Recreation with Ally McConnell

Our ancestors worked hard but also made the most of leisure time. Ally guides us through our records and archives giving us an insight into the lighter side of life.

Thursday 18th June

Minding your Ancestors' Business with Claire Skinner

This talk introduces you to investiaging your relatives' business interests using documents, maps and trade directories.


These talks will take place in the Education Room, off the Reception area, of the History Centre. February talks begin at 10.30 a.m. March-June talks begin at 2.15pm. 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

Download our lecture programme in Word or PDF format 


Sources for Local History: A 10 week course on understanding local history and the sources you can use.

Tuesday 5th April to Tuesday 7th June 2016. £45 for the whole course

5th April: Introduction to the local history course

12th April: Use of printed and manuscript maps

19th April: Estate and manorial records

26th April: Parish records

3rd May: Local government records

10th May: Quarter Session records and their uses

17th May: Diocesan and probate records

24th May: Business records and local industries

Workshops take place on Tuesday's from 9:30-12:30 in the Education Room at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

The course is limited to 18 places and pre-booking is advised. To book please either telephone on 01249 705500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can either pay by card over the telephone or send us a cheque on confirmation of your booking.


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



In the entrance foyer is a collection of photographs of Lacock Abbey taken by the North Wilts Community Club after inspiration from the Lacock Archives. This will be on display until the end of February 2016.


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