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

SaturdaysOriginal documents can only be viewed between 9.30 am and 2pm (last orders for orignal documents by 1 pm). Microfiche and film, computers, printed maps and the Local Studies Library will continue to be available to customers throughout the day.

***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.***


***Christmas Opening Times 

Tuesday 22nd Dec - 9:30 - 5:30

Wednesday 23rd Dec - Dec 9:30 - 5:30

Thursday 24th - CLOSED

Friday 25th Christmas Day - CLOSED

Saturday 26th Boxing Day - CLOSED

Tuesday 29th - 9:30 - 5:30

Wednesday 30th - 9:30 - 5:30

Thursday 31st - 9:30 - 5:30

Friday 1st Jan New Years Day - CLOSED

Saturday 2nd Jan - 9:30 - 5:00

***Annual Closure Week

We are closed for our annual closure week for essential work on our collections during the last week of January 2016. We will close at 5:00pm on Saturday 23rd January 2016 and re-open 9:30 on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.


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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