Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

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Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN.

Opening times

Monday - closed

Tuesday      9.30 am - 5.30 pm

Wednesday  9.30 am - 5.30 pm

Thursday     9.30 am - 5.30 pm

Friday          9.30 am - 5.30 pm

Saturday      9.30 am - 5 pm*

Sunday - closed

* Please note that if you wish to use documents on Saturday afternoon it is strongly recommended to pre-order these before 1 pm the same Saturday. This is due to our having fewer staff working Saturday afternoons. Anyone ordering documents after 1 pm does so at their own risk and should be aware that we cannot guarantee to produce them on the same day. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

***Please note our public area has recently undergone a reorganisation. If you would like to visit us to view microfiche or microfilm (parish registers and local newspapers) or to use a people’s network computer,
you are now strongly advised to book ahead on 01249 705500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to avoid disappointment.***


Welcome to the website of the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, your passport to the past.

Wiltshire and Swindon has a rich and diverse heritage. The History Centre brings together the archaeology, archive, buildings record, conservation, and museum advisory services together with the county local studies library to create a centre whose sum is much more than that of its parts.

If you are researching your ancestors or trying to find out more about a town or parish in Wiltshire or Swindon, or if you want professional advice and guidance on other heritage issues, we are the ideal place to contact or visit.

  • Convenient location with easy access
  • Friendly staff
  • Quick registration
  • Public computer area
  • Large car park
  • Well equipped meeting and education room
  • Food and drink available
  • Copying facilities
  • Lockers

Explore our website or download our leaflet here: WSHC leaflet 2014


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