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

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures



Events and Activities


Author's Talks



Talks and Lectures 

Talks begin at 2.15 pm. Admission £3.50.  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). 

  • Thursday 1st October 2015 - Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Sites; managing their Outstanding Universal Values with Sarah Simmonds - A comprehensive look at our most popular and important archaeological assets; how thse sites are presented to the public and ongoing research into their past.
  • Thursday 15th October 2015 - Victory 1945: The Aftermath with Julie Davis - With VE Day and VJ Day over, what were the social consequences of total war for the county & what changes did they bring for Wiltshire people in post-war Britain.
  • Thursday 29th October - The Longbow: Its history and use in English battle with Gill Neal - Marking the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, Gill tells the tale of this effective weapon of mass destruction.



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+

Visit for information or call us: 01225 774306 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

***NB This course is held at Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street,Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14***

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund





 Events and activities

Wiltshire Local History Forum Autumn Conference 2015

To the Manor Born? Manorial Records Explained – from Domesday Book to 1922

Saturday 3 October – Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre – 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Celebrating the revision of Wiltshire and Swindon Manorial Documents Register for The National Archives Discovery website

Liz Hart, TNA – The History of the Manorial Documents Register: 1922 to the 21st Century

Dr Virginia Bainbridge, WSA – Governing Wiltshire: almost 1000 years of manorial records

Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist, WSA – Using manorial records for local & family history

Prof Paul Harvey, Chair, MDR Committee – A life in Manorial Records: from PhD to MDR

Everyone Welcome – Tea & Coffee provided – bring your own Lunch

Admission by Ticket (free of charge) – reserve / collect tickets from WSHC Help Desk

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – 01249 705500



HISTORY CENTRE OPEN DAY - Saturday 31 October 9:30am-4pm

Join us for a free day out and discover all aspects of local and family history. You have lived through history and stand at the end of centuries of evolution and development of your community and your family. Explore ways of learning more about this from our many experts.

Attractions will include:

- Showings of old ciné films and modern local history presentations

- Mini lectures from Heritage professionals

- Treasure hunts and competitions

- Demonstrations of archive and object conservation

- Work of creative Wiltshire people

- Archaeology and displays and artefacts to handle

- Displays and stalls of local societies

- Old photographs

- Old maps and their uses

- Archives on church history

- How to research the history of your house

- How to research the history of your community

- Magna Carta exhibition

- Tours of strong rooms that hold documents dating back to 1148

The Heritage Café where you can purchase cakes, tea, coffee and squash lebration of the Lacock Unlocked project