Events

There's always lots happening at the History Centre including:

Talks and lectures

Courses

Exhibitions

Events and Activities

 

 Talks and Lectures 

Talks begin at 2.15 pm. Admission £3.50.  Spaces are limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Telephone 01249 705500 or visit our Help Desk at the History Centre. (Payment by credit/debit card or cheque available for the purchase of 2 or more tickets).

  • Thursday 28th May 2015 - Beating it into Them: Education in Wiltshire to the 18th Century with Mike Marshman - A talk on the early school system in our county which brought the most basic education to the privileged few - who was educated and how it was achieved through monasteries, nunneries, chantry priests, grammar schools, etc.
  • Thursday 11th June 2015 - Using Maps in Local & Family History with Claire Skinner - A really useful guide to an important and fascinating source for those embarking on a more in depth study of our local area and those who lived and worked here.
  • Thursday 25th June 2015 - What's In the Paper? Local Newspapers in late Georgian times (1800-30) - the mundane, the curious and the trivial with Robert Jago - A glimpse into the contents of the Wiltshire press during this interesting period using anecdotes from original newspapers such as the Salisbury Journal.
  • Thursday 9th July 2015 - Lunatic Asylums: Their Operation & Inmates with Margaret Moles - An insight into the day to day running of these grim local and national institutions and their unfortunate residents.
  • Thursday 23rd July 2015 - Horrible and Curious Histories with Terry Bracher - A return to this popular gruesome subject. Terry will give you some examples of the strange and macabre from our archives.
  • Thursday 3rd September 2015 - Women Portrayed in the Lacock Archive with Ally McConnell - A delve into the recently catalogued Lacock collection, to see the representations of women throughout the centuries.
  • Thursday 17th Septemeber 2015 - The Story of Butter, Milk & Ham in Chippenham from 1600-1936 with Mike Stone - Another fascinating insight into the trade and industry of Chippenham with this popular local author and historian.
  • Thursday 1st October 2015 - Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Sites; managing their Outstanding Universal Values with Sarah Simmonds - A comprehensive look at our most popular and important archaeological assets; how thse sites are presented to the public and ongoing research into their past.
  • Thursday 15th October 2015 - Victory 1945: The Aftermath with Julie Davis - With VE Day and VJ Day over, what were the social consequences of total war for the county & what changes did they bring for Wiltshire people in post-war Britain.
  • Thursday 29th October - The Longbow: Its history and use in English battle with Gill Neal - Marking the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, Gill tells the tale of this effective weapon of mass destruction.

 

 Courses

Lacock: Looking at Village Buildings with Ally McConnell, Michael Marshman and Matt Goodwin

A course examining archival and documentary sources, with and emphasis on looking at building history and occupations, followed by an interpretative village walk examining the range of buildings from several centuries.

Course registration is at 9:15 am at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Own transport will be required for travel to Lacock for the afternoon session.

Course fee: £20.00 tickets available from Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and telephone 01249 705500. Limited to 20 people.

Lacock: Development of the Village and its Environs with Ally McConnell, Michael Marshman and Matt Goodwin

A course examing archival and documentary sources to reconstruct the development of the community, followed by an interpretative landscape walk around the village and outlying settlements.

Course registration is at 9:15 am at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. Own transport will be required for travel to Lacock for the afternoon session.

Course fee: £20.00 tickets available from Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and telephone 01249 705500. Limited to 20 people.

 Exhibitions

Currently showing in the History Centre foyer - includes Wonderment - Walklines by Wiltshire based artist Linn O'Carroll.  

 Events and activities

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