Events

 

Events and Activities

Author's Talks

Talks and lectures

Courses

Exhibitions

 

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.

 

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 https://creativewiltshire.com/

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.

Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site: Exploring the attributes of Outstanding Universal Value   -    Sun 30th Jul 2017 14:30-17:00

Visitors will walk out from the Stone Circle in Avebury into the World Heritage Site landscape to explore examples of the attributes of Outstanding Universal Value that make the site internationally important and qualify it for its place on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. We will also consider how we meet our obligations to safeguard the Site for this and future generations. The walk guided by the World Heritage Site Partnership Manager will last around 2 - 2.5 hours. It is mostly level with one hill to climb.

Please make a reservation by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Numbers are limited to 20

The walk is free but visitors will need to pay to park at Avebury in the National Trust car park unless they are National Trust or English Heritage members. It costs £7 to park a car for the day

Avebury , Near Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1RF Sat Nav users please use the postcode SN8 1RD to find the NT main car park

The meeting point is main National Trust car park off the A4361 on the approach to Avebury. We will start from the main National Trust car park at 2.30 PM. We will be back at the car park between 4.30 and 5 PM.

Exploring castles, combes and tombs with the Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service   -   Sun 30th Jul 2017 10:00-13:00

This event will include a tour of a Castle Combe Camp, a motte and bailey castle, and Lugbury long barrow, an early Neolithic burial mound. The walk is around 4 miles long taking in some of the surrounding historic landscape. Guided by archaeologists from the Archaeology Service at Wiltshire Council in partnership with a Cotswolds conservation warden.

FREE but please make a reservation by emailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Castle Combe Camp
Manor House Golf Club
Bath Rd, Castle Combe, Bath SN14 7JW

Meeting point is in the free car park off Dunns Lane, Upper Castle Combe. ST 8455 7769.

Conservation Roadshow  - held at Salisbury Library - Thursday 10th August

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes in in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

Conservation Roadshow  - held at County Hall, Trowbridge - Thursday 14th September

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes in in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

Conservation Roadshow  - WSHC - Thursday 12th October

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes in in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

Conservation Roadshow  - held at Salisbury Library - Thursday 9th November

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes in in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

Conservation Roadshow  - held at County Hall, Trowbridge - Thursday 14th December

Come and talk to our expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures, or just find out what goes in in our labs!

FREE event - drop-ins welcome.

 Author's Talks

 

Talks and Lectures 

Wonder Woman!

Tuesday 25 July 10:30 am    £3.00 admission

Stories of some extraordinary Wiltshire women with archivist Claire Skinner.

A Beginner's Guide to Researching Family History

Tuesday 8 August 10:30am     £3.00 admission

Discover what resources are available at the History Centre for researching family history with archivist Ally McConnell. Includes a tour of the search-room. 

The Penruddock Royalist Uprising - a talk by Ruth Butler

Tuesday 29 August 2:30pm     £3.00 admission

Learn about Cromwell, plots and secret societies!

Black History in Wiltshire - a talk by Terry Bracher

Tuesday 3rd October 10:30am     £3.00 admission

It's Black History Month - discover Wiltshire's black history.

 

  Courses

History Revealed with Julie Davis - Calne Library

Wednesday 6 September 10.30-4.30pm (held at Calne Library)

Find out more

 

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Parish Registers

Wednesday 13 September 10am-4pm    £20.00

Join archivist Robert Jago for a detailed examination of the changing format of parish registers, 1538-1837, and the information they contain. This is a rare opportunity to work with original registers, some dating back to Tudor times.

Arrive 9.30 for refreshments. Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own lunch.

 

 Exhibitions

Reception Foyer:

Chippenham & District Artists – display at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN

Tuesday 4 July 2017 to Saturday 29 July 2017 (during Centre opening hours)

Chippenham & District Artists are delighted to be invited back to display their members’ work in the foyer of the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. The group aims to offer support to artists in the local area, to help them develop and improve their skills and meet people to share ideas, techniques and topics of interest.

It is a great opportunity to showcase the talent and versatility within the group and introduce those using the facilities of the centre to the artists within the locality.  All the paintings are for sale and several of the artists also sell cards which are an excellent taster of the work available. Sales are managed directly with the artists.

The Group also shows its work in two Exhibitions a year in the Summer (24 June – 1 July 2017) and Winter (end November/early December 2017) in venues in the centre of Chippenham.

Please feel free to contact Prue Backway, Chairman on 01249 658697 or 07743 686 635 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

 

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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