Events

 

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures

Courses

Exhibitions

Events and Activities

 

Author's Talks

 

 

Talks and Lectures 

 

Art in the Archives: Some Insights into the 18th century Art Collections at Longford Castle, Wiltshire with Amelia Smith

Amelia Smith is currently writing a PhD on ‘Patronage, Acquisition and Display: Contextualising the Art Collections of Longford Castle during the Long Eighteenth Century’, a collaborative project between the National Gallery and Birkbeck, University of London.

There will be an illustrated talk on the art of Longford Castle on Thursday 12 May 2016, at 7 pm, at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. While the talk is FREE it is essential to book a ticket in advance, from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or tel 01249 705500), to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served, basis.

Read more about the subject and speaker here

Wiltshire Writers and Literary Figures with Claire Skinner and Mike Marshman

Join Claire and Michael in a survey of writers who were born or have lived in Wiltshire from the late 16th century. The Wiltshire landscape and its people have provided the inspiration for some very good poetry and prose while internationally known writers such as William Golding and V.S. Naipaul have lived and worked in the county. In our talk familiar names such as John Aubrey, Edward Thomas, Cecil Beaton and Francis Kilvert mingle with less well known ones like Ella Noyes, Alfred Williams and Maureen Duffy to provide a picture of the breadth of literature generated by our county, which is still home to a large number of writers today.

2.30 p.m. Wednesday 18th May 2016
Admission £3.00 Tickets available from Devizes Library

 

Regular Lecture Programme

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.

  

These talks will take place in the Education Room, off the Reception area, of the History Centre. 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 

 

 Courses

Self Publishing is not for wimps!

Join best selling independent author Lizzie Lamb on Saturday 14th May for a special workshop on self-publishing your book.

Cost £25, including refreshements. Book on 01249 705500.

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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.

 

Box Records and Landscape Interpretation with Claire Skinner and Mike Marshman

Monday 23 May 

A course examining archival and documentary sources, with an emphasis on looking at village development, shifting settlement, and building history in the History Centre, followed by a landscape interpretation walk in the village of Box.

Download PDF programme of the day here

Course cost £15.00; tickets available from Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (Tel. 01249 705500). Limited to 20 people.

 

Winsley Records and Landscape Interpretation with Julie Davis and Mike Marshman

Monday 13 June

A course examining archival and documentary sources with an emphasis looking at village development, roads and tracks, and building history in the History Centre, followed by a landscape interpretation walk in the village of Winsley (and possibly Turleigh).

Download PDF programme of the day here

Course cost £15.00; tickets available from Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (Tel. 01249 705500). Limited to 20 people.

 

 Exhibitions

 

 

 Events and activities

 

  

 

Join Claire and Michael in a survey of writers who were born or have lived in Wiltshire from the late 16th century. The Wiltshire landscape and its people have provided the inspiration for some very good poetry and prose while internationally known writers such as William Golding and V.S. Naipaul have lived and worked in the county. In our talk familiar names such as John Aubrey, Edward Thomas, Cecil Beaton and Francis Kilvert mingle with less well known ones like Ella Noyes, Alfred Williams and Maureen Duffy to provide a picture of the breadth of literature generated by our county, which is still home to a large number of writers today.

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