Author's Talks

Talks and lectures



Events and Activities


Author's Talks



Talks and Lectures 

 Monday 6th June 5:30pm Bradford on Avon Library

Eric Walrond: A 'Harlem Renaissance' Writer in Wiltshire with Professor James Davis

A talk by Prof. James Davis on a forgotten writer’s extraordinary journey from the Harlem Renaissance in New York during the inter war years, to living in Bradford on Avon during WWII and beyond. Discover how a neglected talent of
US Afro-Caribbean literature came to be living in Wiltshire.

 Tickets £3 - available from Bradford on Avon Library 01225 863280 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Regular Lecture Programme


Thursday 9th June

Wiltshire Pastimes: an Historical look at Sport and Recreation with Ally McConnell

Our ancestors worked hard but also made the most of leisure time. Ally guides us through our records and archives giving us an insight into the lighter side of life.


These talks will take place in the Education Room, off the Reception area, of the History Centre. Talks begin at 2.15pm. Please arrive a few minutes before the start of a talk.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk in the History Centre or can be reserved (payment by credit/debit card, or by cheque, for 2 or more tickets) on 01249 705500 (Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.30 – 5.00). Numbers are limited so please buy your ticket in advance.

Admission for talks £3.00

Download our lecture programme in Word or PDF format 




Sources for Local History: A 10 week course on understanding local history and the sources you can use.

Tuesday 5th April to Tuesday 7th June 2016. £45 for the whole course

5th April: Introduction to the local history course

12th April: Use of printed and manuscript maps

19th April: Estate and manorial records

26th April: Parish records

3rd May: Local government records

10th May: Quarter Session records and their uses

17th May: Diocesan and probate records

24th May: Business records and local industries

Workshops take place on Tuesday's from 9:30-12:30 in the Education Room at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

The course is limited to 18 places and pre-booking is advised. To book please either telephone on 01249 705500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can either pay by card over the telephone or send us a cheque on confirmation of your booking.


Winsley Records and Landscape Interpretation with Julie Davis and Mike Marshman

Monday 13 June

A course examining archival and documentary sources with an emphasis looking at village development, roads and tracks, and building history in the History Centre, followed by a landscape interpretation walk in the village of Winsley (and possibly Turleigh).

Download PDF programme of the day here

Course cost £15.00; tickets available from Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (Tel. 01249 705500). Limited to 20 people.





 Events and activities