Tiddly Pom... Some Wiltshire Animal Tales

on Friday, 11 January 2013. Posted in Wiltshire Tales

I’ve been delving in our archives, on the hunt for some notable animals in Wiltshire’s History, and I’ve got a couple vying for that top spot. First, and being a fan of the good old British moggy, I was pleased to have the Marlborough church cat brought to my attention. Yes, it is commemorated in stone, but it seems that it really did exist. Visitors to St Mary’s Church in Marlborough will be able to pick out the outline of a cat on the south porch. This corbel, dating to the fifteenth century, commemorates a church cat that saved her kittens from a fire. Perhaps the cat was originally employed to catch the church mice, but it goes into our top ten as our most heroic animal in Wiltshire’s history.

A Different Old King Cole

on Thursday, 20 December 2012. Posted in Seasons

As the charity Christmas card shops pop up in every town centre and sales of the bits and pieces to ‘make your own’ increase each year, perhaps I’d like to take a look back to the instigator of this industry which generates over £200 million each year.

A Different Old King Cole

Why should we care about old buildings?

on Tuesday, 18 December 2012. Posted in Architecture

An English Heritage quote states that

‘Historic buildings are a precious and finite asset and a powerful reminder to us of the work and way of life of earlier generations. The richness of the country’s architectural heritage plays an influential part in our sense of national identity’.

Why should we care about old buildings?

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…
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