Events and Activities

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures




All events are held at WSHC unless otherwise stated. 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) Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.


Events and Activities

FREE Conservation Workshops

Every 2nd Thursday (8 Nov, 13 Dec) 2-4 pm

Come and get advice from our archive conservators about caring for your precious family photographs, keepsakes and treasures. Booking essential!

Open Day! Saturday 27 October 2018 10am-4pm

Come and join the fun for all the family at our annual FREE open day – this year the theme is ‘1918’:

- Have a go in a replica First World War tank
- Meet the demob sergeant and prepare for civvie street
- Vote in the 1918 General Election and explore votes for women
- Handle objects from the First World War with our Archaeologists
- See rare colour photos from the First World War
- Stonehenge100 - a gift to the nation in 1918
- Watch out for the 1918 flu epidemic!
- Try your hand at archive conservation paper pasting
- Watch object conservators at work and find out how they did it in 1918
- Uncover treasures from the archives

Behind the scenes tours - 'make and take' children's activities - Exhibitions - Refreshments from our pop-up café

The Legacy of Commemoration - 1918-2018 and beyond

Sunday 25 November 10am-4pm - Cost £7 payable to Wiltshire Local History Forum. Please see the Wiltshire Local History Forum website for further information.

A day conference in partnership with the Wiltshire Local History Forum on how the First World War research carried out as a result of the 100th anniversary can best be preserved and shared nationally.


 Author's Talks

Food Production in North Wiltshire 1760-1960

Thursday 25 October 10.30am - Admission £4

An illustrated talk by local historian and archaeologist, Mike Stone.

*SOLD OUT* Women and the First World War - a talk by author and journalist Kate Adie *SOLD OUT*

Thursday 1 November 7pm - Admission £10. Booking essential.

How to Research a Village's History

Wednesday 21 November 7pm - Admission £4

An illustrated talk by local author, Julian Wiltshire, in which he will share his knowledge of useful sources and lessons learned from his own experience of writing the history of Kingston Deverill. 

Talks and Lectures 

A Wiltshire Hallowe'en

Wednesday 31 October 10.30am - Admission £4

Find out about spooky local traditions in an illustrated talk by County Local Studies Librarian, Julie Davis.

Henges and Hand Grenades: Discoveries from the Army Basing Project

Wednesday 14 November 10.30am - Admission £4

Archaeological work ahead of new housing for Service Families around Salisbury Plain has uncovered a wealth of new information about the past in Wiltshire. Discoveries have included new henges, a previously unknown causewayed enclosure, Anglo-Saxon cemeteries and a Great War training ground.
Martin Brown, Assistant County Archaeologist, will give an overview of discoveries and their importance.

Vernacular Buildings in Wiltshire

Wednesday 21 November 10.30am - Admission £4

An illustrated talk by Dorothy Treasure of the Wiltshire Buildings Record.


An Introduction to Ancestry

Saturday 20 October 9.30-10.30 - Cost £5 per person

Getting started on the popular family history website - a hands-on workshop with Ian Hicks.

Book Art Workshops

Working in our Archive Conservation Laboratory you will have the opportunity to create a beautiful notebook using traditional techniques over two afternoon workshops. Create your own bespoke marbled art work during our first workshop. This can be used as a cover for your own notebook, which you will learn how to make in the second workshop. Designed to go together, but these workshops can also be booked individually.

Workshop One: Marbling
22nd November 2018, 2-5pm

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An introduction to the Japanese art form of Suminagashi marbling. Discover its history and uses before using Sumi inks to have a go yourself!

Workshop Two: Single Section Binding
29th November 2018, 2-5pm

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Create your own notebook by learning the simple technique of single section binding.

£55 per workshop, or £100 for both.

Max 8 people- booking essential



Reception Foyer:

 Stonehenge through the ages.


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.

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Disclaimer: We may take photographs at events for future publicity purposes. Please make a member of staff aware if you would prefer not to be included in any images. Permission will sought for images which include children.


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