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.
Arteology. Uncover. Discover. Create March 2017 - March 2018
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.
Monthly Conservation Surgeries 2-4 pm
Thursday 15 March, 12 April, 10 May, 14 June. FREE but booking essential.
Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures.
Get advice on the best materials and techniques to care for your items at home, and when to seek help from an expert.
If you have items in need of a little TLC see if our conservators can give you hints and tips for cleaning without damage, or a quote for getting them repaired.
Please contact us to book an advice slot.
Arteology Art Exhibition
Weekend of 6-9 April 2018 at Lacock Manger Barn
An exhibition of art inspired by the Creative Wiltshire HLF-funded project www.creativewiltshire.com
A Feast of Historic Food
Saturday 14 April
A special event at WSHC. Full details to follow.
History Revealed at Laverstock - *HELD AT SALISBURY LIBRARY* and a walk at Laverstock
Thursday 17 May 10-1pm with afternoon walk at 2.15-4.15pm
Discover how to research the origins of local villages with a look at fascinating Laverstock. Focus on archaeology, archival documents, maps and additional resources for local history research. Includes afternoon field trip to put newfound skills to the test with Wiltshire Buildings expert Dorothy Treasure (own transport required). £10/8 concessions.
Looking After Old Photographs and Documents
Wednesday 20 June 2pm
Workshop with Sophie Coles, Archives Conservator
FREE but booking essential - limited to 10 people.
Buildings of the Chippenham Area
Wednesday 28 February - 10.30am - £3.00 admission
Find out more about local buildings with Dorothy Treasure, expert in buildings’ history and recorder for the Wiltshire Buildings Record.
A talk by Dorothy Treasure, Wiltshire Buildings Recorder
Literary Wiltshire: Writers in the Archives
Tuesday 13 March - 10.30am - £3.00 admission
Find out more about Wiltshire’s literary connections and the world famous writers, such as Thomas Hardy and Hans Christian Andersen, who are represented in our archive collections
A talk by Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist
Stories from Wiltshire at War
Tuesday 27 March - 10.30am - £3.00 admission
A look back at the Wiltshire at War project, the stories uncovered and the people involved.
Thursday 5 April - 10.30am - £3.00 admission
Delve into the fascinating world of Wiltshire’s long-lost traditions, stories and folklore.
A talk by County Local Studies Librarian, Julie Davis
Celebrating World Heritage - What Does World Heritage Site Status Mean?
Wednesday 18 April World Heritage Day - 10.30 - £3.00 admission
A talk by Sarah Simmonds, World Heritage Site Partnership Manager
Stonehenge and Avebury: A Journey Through the Archives
Wednesday 18 April World Heritage Day - 2pm - £3.00 admission
In this centenary year of Stonehenge being acquired for the nation, the focus of this talk will be on the world heritage sites as they feature in the archives plus a few detours to other world heritage sites visited by Wiltshire people. A talk by Ruth Butler, Education Officer.
Sources for Local History
Tuesdays 1 May - 5 June 9.30am - 1pm
A six week course designed to help people discover the wealth of archives and published resources available for researching local history led by our team of professional archivists and the County Local Studies Librarian.
1 May Introduction, printed sources and maps Using trade directories, newspapers and maps etc
8 May Records of Churches and Chapels Using Anglican parish and Nonconformist records
15 May Diocesan and probate records Using deeds, leases, rentals, court books and rolls etc
29 May Local Government records Using minutes, accounts, letters, rate books and planning records
5 June Education and Quarter Sessions records Using school log books, QS order books, licensing records etc
Cost £40. Limited to 20 places - booking essential! Tickets available from the History Centre 01249 705500
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We are currently displaying 17 pieces of artwork produced by students from Wiltshire College’s Chippenham campus who explored the archive and various aspects of the county’s heritage. Read more about it in our blog
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.