Celebrating Wiltshire Wildlife: 50 years of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in Wiltshire Places

This year the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To highlight the trust’s valuable work in the county, I thought I’d take a look at the history behind one of Wiltshire’s many tranquil reserves, Blakehill Farm.

Blakehill straddles two parishes, that of Cricklade and Purton. The area of Blakehill Farm was called Blake Hill on a map of 1774; ironic as its later use required a flat area!

Celebrating Wiltshire Wildlife: 50 years of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

We are Butlers or the Fading Line

on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in Art

So this weekend two immaculately dressed gentlemen walked from Salisbury to Corsham. They navigated by Victorian maps and carried nineteenth century measuring equipment and a valise. They are butlers and they are staunchly polite and resolutely gentle; they traversed the county with altruistic offers of service and indispensible advice on all matters domestic.

We are Butlers or the Fading Line

Have a butchers at this…

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Conservation

As a conservator working on the collections of Wiltshire museums I have worked on a variety of objects dating from the bronze age onwards but it is not always the oldest items that are the most difficult to deal with. One of the more challenging objects I have had to deal with was a model of a pig from Warminster Museum. Dating from the middle of the 20th century it would once have stood in a butcher’s window.

Have a butchers at this…

Construction of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre has begun

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Archaeology

Having recently joined the Wiltshire Archaeology Service in September, I am endeavouring to get up to speed on Wiltshire’s heritage. One site, however, that I am familiar with is Stonehenge, having previously worked at English Heritage providing archaeological advice on the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. For those of you driving along the A344 on the western edge of the World Heritage Site, you will see a hive of activity where the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre is being built at Airman’s Corner.

 

Construction of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre has begun

Wiltshire's Newest War Memorial

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Wiltshire People

As the centenary of the start of the First World War approaches in 2014 many villages and small communities are considering ways to commemorate the occasion. What better way than to erect a War Memorial in a place where, to date, there has not been one in existence...

Wiltshire's Newest War Memorial

Cathedral's Chapter Acts and Choristers

on Thursday, 22 November 2012. Posted in Archives

Following the retirement of the librarian and a delay in appointing a successor, I have spent some time working in the archives of Salisbury Cathedral...

Cathedral's Chapter Acts and Choristers
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