Events and Activities

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures




Tickets for events at the History Centre may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk or can be reserved on 01249 705500 (Tues-Sat 9:30-5) Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.


Events and Activities

Arteology. Uncover. Discover. Create   March 2017 - March 2018

A project that invites contemporary artists to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collection as a catalyst for new work, inspired by the county's creative and artisan heriage. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or visit

Public Art Needs You!

Find out how you can join this community effort to help support public art in the places that matter to you. Workshops held at Wiltshire Libraries - find your nearest and book your FREE place via Eventbrite. Details can be found here.

Monthly Conservation Surgeries 2-4 pm

Thursday 11 January; 12 February, 15 March, 12 April, 10 May, 14 June. FREE but booking essential.

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures.
Get advice on the best materials and techniques to care for your items at home, and when to seek help from an expert.
If you have items in need of a little TLC see if our conservators can give you hints and tips for cleaning without damage, or a quote for getting them repaired.
Please contact us to book an advice slot.

Hidden Treasure! Local Government Records for Local and Family History Research

Tuesday January 30 - 10.30am at Local Studies, Swindon Central Library - £2 (library members) or £3 (non-members)

A talk and workshop with Claire Skinner (Archivist at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre). Book your place in person at Central Library or call (01793) 463238 for further information.

Arteology Art Exhibition

Weekend of 6-9 April 2018 at Lacock Manger Barn

An exhibition of art inspired by the Creative Wiltshire HLF-funded project

A Feast of Historic Food

Saturday 14 April

A special event at WSHC. Full details to follow.

Looking After Old Photographs and Documents

Wednesday 20 June 2pm

Workshop with Sophie Coles, Archives Conservator

FREE but booking essential - limited to 10 people.


 Author's Talks


Talks and Lectures 

Votes for Women - and Men!

Wednesday 7 February - 10.30am - £3.00 admission

On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act became law in the UK, enabling more people to vote than ever before including women over 30 who met a property qualification and all men over 21 – the first time that working class men had the vote. This talk will shed light on what the Act meant for people in Wiltshire and how it was locally received.

A talk by Claire Skinner to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Cleaning the Artist's Palette of Clifford Ellis

Thursday 15 February - 10.30am - £3.00 admission

A talk on our conservation of the oil paint palette of the artist Clifford Ellis, which is currently on display at Chippenham Museum (until 17 March). Why not come to Gabby’s informative talk at the History Centre and then visit the exhibition at the Museum?

A talk by Gabby Flexer, Conservator, at WSHC, with Alan Fuller, Assistant Curator, Chippenham Museum

Buildings of the Chippenham Area

Wednesday 28 February - 10.30am - £3.00 admission

Find out more about local buildings with Dorothy Treasure, expert in buildings’ history and recorder for the Wiltshire Buildings Record.

A talk by Dorothy Treasure, Wiltshire Buildings Recorder

Literary Wiltshire: Writers in the Archives

Tuesday 13 March - 10.30am - £3.00 admission

Find out more about Wiltshire’s literary connections and the world famous writers, such as Thomas Hardy and Hans Christian Andersen, who are represented in our archive collections

A talk by Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist

Stories from Wiltshire at War

Tuesday 27 March - 10.30am - £3.00 admission

A look back at the Wiltshire at War project, the stories uncovered and the people involved.

Wiltshire Folklore

Thursday 5 April - 10.30am - £3.00 admission

Delve into the fascinating world of Wiltshire’s long-lost traditions, stories and folklore.

A talk by County Local Studies Librarian, Julie Davis

Celebrating World Heritage - What Does World Heritage Site Status Mean?

Wednesday 18 April World Heritage Day - 10.30 - £3.00 admission

A talk by Sarah Simmonds, World Heritage Site Partnership Manager 

Stonehenge and Avebury: A Journey Through the Archives

Wednesday 18 April World Heritage Day - 2pm - £3.00 admission

In this centenary year of Stonehenge being acquired for the nation, the focus of this talk will be on the world heritage sites as they feature in the archives plus a few detours to other world heritage sites visited by Wiltshire people. A talk by Ruth Butler, Education Officer.



Sources for Local History

Tuesdays 1 May - 5 June   9.30am - 1pm

A six week course designed to help people discover the wealth of archives and published resources available for researching local history led by our team of professional archivists and the County Local Studies Librarian.

Cost £40. Limited to 20 places - booking essential!



Reception Foyer:

We have two exhibitions currently in our reception foyer.

Wiltshire Watermeadows:  an interactive display about the history and potential of watermeadows.

Creative Wiltshire: Crofton Beam Engine: GCSE Art students had the chance to spend the day with photographer Penny Ellis exploring the creative opportunity to photograph Crofton Beam Pumping Station (housing the oldest working steam engines in the world).


Tickets for events at the History Centre may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk or can be reserved on 01249 705500 (Tues-Sat 9:30-5) Payment by credit card or cheque is only possible for 2 more tickets. Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before your event begins.

Download a PDF version of our events programme here

Disclaimer: We may take photographs at events for future publicity purposes. Please make a member of staff aware if you would prefer not to be included in any images. Permission will sought for images which include children.


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