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.
FREE Conservation Surgery
Thurs 11 July; Thursday 8 August 2-4 pm FREE
Come and get advice from our archive and object conservators about caring for your precious family photographs, keepsakes and treasures. Booking essential!
Memory Box Reading Group
First and third Monday afternoon of every month, 2-3.30pm
Do you enjoy history and listening to stories? Our group is meeting on the first and third Monday afternoon of every month to listen to an extract from one of the amazing collection of books in our Local Studies Library. We will take time to share memories and thoughts, and also have a chat over refreshments! If you would enjoy some friendly company in a relaxed environment, this is for you. All welcome!
Free entry, parking right outside and refreshments, supported by Hob Nob Press.
Read - Reminisce - Enjoy
Guided walks led by Wiltshire Council Archaeologists
Friday 12th July, 7.00-9.00 pm - Romans, Saxons and Kangaroos: Archaeology in Market Lavington.
Join Martin Brown (Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service) on a walk into the past of Market Lavington. See the site of the and find out how our forebears shaped the land we inhabit. We will walk from the church through the designed landscape north of the village, before returning through the medieval village to the Market Place (and pub), via a Saxon cemetery and Roman temple.
Sunday 14th July, 2.00-4.00 pm – Ludgershall Castle.
Join Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, County Archaeologist, on a walk exploring the varied history of Ludgershall Castle, from Prehistoric earthwork to sixteenth century garden.
Saturday 27th July, 2.00-4.00 pm – South of Stonehenge Landscape.
Join Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership Manager, on a walk exploring this complex and compelling landscape and to understand why it’s a World Heritage Site.
History Revealed: Seend
Wednesday 24 July 10am-4.15pm
Find out what makes Seend so special! Discover more about the people and places in Seend through archival documents, maps, archaeology and additional resources for local history plus an afternoon field visit walking around the village focusing on architectural history.
(Lunch not included. Own transport required).
Venue: Melksham Library
£10 (£8 concessions) from the library or WSHC – booking essential
Catsbrain, Breakheart and Labour-in-Vain: the hidden history of place names
Wednesday 26 June 10.30am
Find out more about the fascinating field names and place names of Wiltshire in a talk by Naomi Sackett
Admission: £4 – booking advisable
An Introduction to Ancestry.co.uk
Saturday 29 June, 20 July, 10 Aug, 31 Aug all 9.30-10.30am
Are you unsure how to use the website Ancestry.co.uk but would like to get to grips with your family history? Ancestry contains many useful sources for family history. Find out how to get started in this hands-on workshop with Ian Hicks
(Workshop repeated – only need to book on one!)
Limited places - booking essential. Admission £5
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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