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

Talks and lectures



Events and Activities


 Talks and Lectures 

  • Thursday 25th September 2014 - From Blacksmiths to Carpenters: Industries & Businesses in the Lacock Archive with Ally McConnell Another interesting lecture on the Archives of Lacock, this time exploring some of the village trades that have thrived there during its largely unchanging historic landscape. Free Lecture but you will need a ticket.
  • Thursday 9th October - 2014 The Unique Abbey Cookery Manuscripts an Exhibition and Talk by Sally MacPherson - Our guest speaker, Sally will enlighten us with extracts from these original documents which contain recipes and menus of yesteryear. Free Lecture but you will need a ticket
  • Thursday 23rd October 2014 - Resources for World War I with Terry Bracher - Our ever popular lecture on researching military ancestors who fought during the Great War. This talk will guide you through archive material and online resources.
  • Thursday 6th November 2014 - History of Lackham with Tony Pratt New Lecture - Our guest speaker, Tony, will give us a fascinating insight into this ancient and often forgotten Manor of Lacock.
  • Thursday 20th November 2014 - Wiltshire Women in the First World War with Claire Skinner New Lecture - Understanding the vast role of women during the Great War and how this changed their position and responsibilities in society.
  • Thursday 4th December 2014 - A Wiltshire Christmas with Margaret Moles - An interesting insight into this seasonal event and how it has been celebrated in our historic county.
  • Thursday 22nd January 2015 - Tying the Knot: Marriage Customs in Wiltshire in the 16th & 17th Centuries with Steve Hobbs New Lecture - A comprehensive look at the wedding ritual using documented examples from our archives.
  • Thursday 29th January 2015 - Stories from the Lacock Archives with Ally McConnell FREE Lecture. Illuminating anecdotes discovered in the Lacock Archives which give us a great view of the village and those who resided there. Free Lecture but you will need a ticket.
  • Thursday 12th February 2015 - Wiltshire & Swindon's Rotten Boroughs: some 18th & 19th century elections with Terry Bracher.  New Lecture -  Using local examples of these 'Rotten Boroughs', Terry will demonstrate how controversial elections were during this time.
  • Thursday 27th February 2015 -  King Alfred & the Origins of Chippenham with Mike Stone
    New Lecture - Explore the Anglo-Saxon world that descended upon Chippenham and learn how the great Wessex King shaped the town.
  • Thursday 12th March 2015 - Early Photography & Old Photographs with Mike Marshman- a talk followed by FREE Old Photograph Workshop - Interpreting old photographs, a guide to dating them from clothing and style, bring your own old photos to the free workshop afterwards.
  • Thursday 26th March 2015 - Settlement Papers with Robert Jago New Lecture - Between the reigns of Charles II and William IV, the records generated by the Settlement Laws can provide unique insight into the lives of our ancestors.
  • Thursday 16th April 2015 - Recent Discoveries in the Deverills with Dorothy Treasure New Lecture - Dorothy explores the historic buildings of the Deverills in the south of our county, using documents, maps and photographs from the archives.
  • Thursday 30th April 2015 - Looking at a Village- learning from the Landscape with Mike Marshman - A guide to interpreting a typical Wiltshire village, Mike will help you unravel the past using local knowledge, maps and documents.

All Lunchtime Lectures  are from 1.15 to 1.45p.m. You can eat your lunch during the lecture, we provide a water cooler and a hot drinks vending machine. Tickets are £1.50 per lecture - pay on the door or buy tickets in advance from the History Centre

All other talks begin at 2.15 pm. Admission £3.50 (concessions £2.50).  Spaces are limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Telephone 01249 705500 or visit our Help Desk at the History Centre. (Payment by credit/debit card or cheque available for the purchase of 2 or more tickets).



 Village Interpretation Days 2014

Our popular village interpretation day courses look at the development of communities from medieval times. Places on these are limited and early booking is advisable. The morning is spent studying documents, maps, photographs and printed material under guidance in the History Centre, while course members enjoy a guided village walk, examining features and buildings, in the afternoon. On each course there are two or more tutors to help you. Course members use their own transport.



 The First Home Front: Wiltshire and and First World War - in the foyer, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, 18th August to 30th September 2014.

Did you know that rationing and daylight saving were both introduced in this period and that children were evacuated from London during the first world War? This pop-up exhibition from the History Centre  explores  how Wiltshire people were affected by and supported the war effort during.

SEEME Wiltshire Black History exhibition - in the foyer, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre 1st - 31st October 2014.

The History Centre is celebrating Black History Month  with the first public viewing at the History Centre of the exhibition created as a legacy of the SEEME Wiltshire Black History Project.


Events and activities

Saturday 25th October 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Family history workshop for children aged 7-11

Free taster workshop with local genealogist Judi Buchanen. Introduction to family history for children including craft activity.

Places are free but you do need to pre-book as this workshop is limited to 8 children.

For further information or to book a place please contact Judi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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