History Centre Exhibtion and Activities in Trowbridge

on Monday, 17 February 2014.

Visit our team at our stand in the County Hall Atrium, Trowbridge

Wiltshire’s Heritage and Arts Services will be displaying their work and running some workshops in the Atrium 17 – 21 February.

On Monday the Local Studies service will be present and running a workshop called ‘How old is that photograph?’ Bring along your old photographs and talk to our team to help you date and identify your family portraits and other photos.  Workshops will be held  11 am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm

On Tuesday come and talk to members of the county archive service about how to research your family tree or find out about the history of your house, village or town, come and see a small selection of archives and images with a war-time theme up close and view historic cinefilms of Wiltshire.

On Wednesday there will be a Conservation Advice Surgery: not sure how to store those family photo’s? Do you have some antique books you would like to keep safe? Bring in your collections from 12:00 until 15:00 and we can give you advice on how to look after your photographs, books, papers or works of art on paper. There will also be the opportunity to get up close to some museum objects, and to see how a conservator works.

On Thursday the Archaeology Service will be joined by the Wiltshire Buildings Record. Come and talk to us about how we protect and preserve Wiltshire’s historic landscape and see examples of our work.

On Friday, come and meet the arts development officers from 10am to 4pm and find out about the numerous arts project and initiatives across the county. During lunchtime, a variety of musical and dance performances and character appearances from some of our projects will take place. You can also pick up information about cultural programmes across the county.

Comments (5)

  • Julia Urch

    Julia Urch

    21 February 2014 at 11:43 |
    What a shame I only read about this in today's Wilts Times. Too late to attend the workshop ABOUT family history, which would have been very useful.

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  • Julie Davis

    Julie Davis

    26 February 2014 at 09:31 |
    I'm sorry to hear you missed us. We are runnning a photo workshop on the 10th of April at WSHC and we do regularly hold family history courses here too. If you would like us to add you to our mailing list for our emailed newsleter the 'Intelligencer' we'd be happy to do so. Our events can also be found on our website at http://www.wshc.eu/home/events.html

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  • Janet ketchley

    Janet ketchley

    11 August 2014 at 12:09 |
    My grandfather,ALBERT PUNTER, lived at 19 garsden street,wilts. Perhaps near malmsbury. I have never seen his photo. His father, Jacob, was a brickmaker nearby. PLEASE are there any photos of garsden street or nearby schools? Also what would the equivalent wage be for a brickmaker then? MANY THANKS

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  • Julie Davis

    Julie Davis

    12 August 2014 at 10:17 |
    Thanks for your query Janet. We'll take a look and get back to you shortly. Was Jacob working as a brickmaker in the late 19th century or before?

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  • Julie Davis

    Julie Davis

    13 August 2014 at 13:41 |
    We have taken a look and found no images for Albert Punter or the hamlet of Garsden where he lived unfortunatley. However, the Victoria County History of Wiltshire Vol XIV refers to a kiln operating west of Garsden Heath Farm where bricks were produced from 1855 ‘or earlier’. You can view the volume online at https://www.british-history.ac.uk/place.aspx?gid=36®ion=3 Our County Local Studies Librarian tells me that a brickmaker would earn a similar wage to a labourer. In the 1840s this would have been between 10-11 shillings a week. Our online Community History website has information on Garsdon, the school and church, including some images of the church and National School, at Lea where the children of Garsdon attended by 1858 http://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getcom.php?id=137

    You should be able to locate the property that the Punter’s lived in on the tithe award if they were living in Garsdon in 1840, Ref: TA Garsdon 1840. You may also wish to contact the Althelstan Museum in Malmesbury; they could hold further information on the family or the brickworks, and may also hold additional images. Their contact details are: http://www.athelstanmuseum.org.uk/

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