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
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.
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+
***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.