Events

 

Events and Activities

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures

Courses

Exhibitions

 

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

Arteology. Uncover. Discover. Create   March 2017 - March 2018

A project that invites contemporary artists to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collection as a catalyst for new work, inspired by the county's creative and artisan heriage. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or visit https://creativewiltshire.com/

Public Art Needs You!

Find out how you can join this community effort to help support public art in the places that matter to you. Workshops held at Wiltshire Libraries - find your nearest and book your FREE place via Eventbrite. Details can be found here.

Conservation Roadshow  - WSHC - Thursday 12th October 2pm-4pm

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes on in our labs!

FREE event - please call 01249 705500 to book a slot.

FAMILY FUN OPEN DAY! Saturday 28th October 10am-4pm

Once again we are offering many activities and lots to see from all departments at the History Centre. This year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary as a History Centre in our current building and the 70th anniversary of the archive service.

• Try archery and see knights in training with the College of Chivalry
• Prepare to ‘stand and deliver’ as you meet a Highwayman 
• Back by popular demand the historic Pelham Puppets
• Get creative with Paste Paper Making led by our archive conservators
• Discover rare objects preserved by the Object Conservation team
• Dig into the past with our Archaeologists
• Uncover treasures from the archives including  Beatrix Potter, Florence Nightingale, Hans Christian Andersen, Kings and Queens and American Presidents
• Get arty with our visiting ARTeologists

Behind the scenes tours ▪ ‘Make and Take’ Children’s activities ▪ Exhibitions including Friends of Clarendon Palace ▪ Explore your family history with our new online resources ▪ Take a peek in our archive strongrooms ▪ conservation labs  ▪ Refreshments from our pop-up café

Supported by Ancestry.co.uk

Conservation Roadshow  - held at Salisbury Library - Thursday 9th November

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes on in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

Conservation Roadshow  - held at County Hall, Trowbridge - Thursday 14th December

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes on in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

 

 Author's Talks

Alfred the Great and the Battle of Edington - with historian Michael Wood

Thursday 16 November, 7 pm at WSHC

Wiltshire and Swindon Archives – 70th Anniversary Lecture: Alfred the Great and the Battle of Edington.

Renowned historian and broadcaster Michael Wood reconsiders one of the great events in English history with illustrations and video clips.

Part of Explore Your Archives 2017

Tickets are £10 - booking is essential. Please call 01249 705500 to book your place.

 

Talks and Lectures 

Black History in Wiltshire - a talk by Terry Bracher

Tuesday 3rd October 10:30am     £3.00 admission

It's Black History Month - discover Wiltshire's black history.

Wiltshire Montagus and the Revolutionary Wars 1760-1812 - with guest speaker Tony Pratt

Friday 13th October 2:30pm     £3.00 admission

Join Tony for a look at the part played by the Montagus of Lackham in the Revolutionary Wars.

Life in 1947 Wiltshire - with Julie Davis

Thursday 9th November 2:30pm    £3.00 admission

As part of our 70th anniversary celebrations, join Julie for a delve into how people would have lived in Wiltshire in 1947.

A Tale of Two Swords: An Unexpected Link Between the Romans and Terry Pratchett - with Richard Henry and Gabrielle Flexer

Tuesday 28th November 10.30am    £3.00 admission

Richard Henry, Finds Liaison Officer and Co-director of the PAST Landscapes project talks about the miniature roman sword discovered during the project and the unusual path the discovery has lead him down.
The miniature sword was excavated from a site near Salisbury alongside metal working features such as a furnace. The link between the iron ore worked 1,600 years ago by the Romans on the site and the iron collected by Terry Pratchett and made into a sword to celebrate his knighthood were the starting point of the major exhibition at Salisbury Museum “Terry Pratchett: His World”.
Gabrielle Flexer, Conservator at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, undertook the conservation treatment of the sword and joins Richard for the talk to discuss the treatment of such a rare object.

Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Wiltshire - with Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger

Wednesday 29th November 2:30pm    £3.00 admission

Join Wiltshire's County Archaeologist to discover the latest archaeological discoveries in Wiltshire.

A Wiltshire Christmas - with Margaret Moles

Tuesday 12th December 10:30am     £3.00 admission

Discover how Christmas has been celebrated in Wiltshire in the past! 

 

  Courses  

IMAGINE Creative Writing

Saturday 21 October 10am-4pm    £50.00

Life writing masterclass with authors Alison Knight and Jenny Kane: turn your experiences into fiction.

Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a unique voice with which to tell that story. This workshop in creative life writing is suitable for beginners and established writers who want to give their imagination a workout.

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 Exhibitions

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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.

Download a PDF version of our events programme here

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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