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

Talks and lectures



Events and Activities


 Talks and Lectures 

  • Thursday 28th August - Bloody British History: Salisbury with David Vaughan - Historian and author David Vaughan talks about his new book
  • Thursday 11th September 2014 - Some Wiltshire Industries with Mike Marshman - Wiltshire has a diverse range of industries from traditional trades such as the cloth industry to the import and manufacture of rubber. Mike will discuss the history of some of these local and crucial employers.  
  • 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.  

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.


Researching First World War Resources at the History centre

Wednesday 10th September 2014, 9.30 am – 12.45 pm

Join Terry Bracher and Claire Skinner for a hands-on workshop aimed at anyone wishing to find out how the First World War impacted upon their local community. Discover the wide range of resources available at the History Centre and how to use them for your research, with opportunities to handle rare First World War documents.

Cost: £5. Tickets available form Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Limited to 15 people.


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 Wilthsire Black History Project.

Events and activities

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