Successful Bid for Creative Wiltshire and Swindon

on Friday, 21 November 2014.

We are excited to announce that our latest Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been successful. The project Creative Wiltshire and Swindon aims to fill significant gaps in our collections concerning creative industries in the county, with a significant fund to purchase items.

The scheme, a partnership led by Wiltshire Local Studies and including Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon Central Library Local Studies and Wiltshire Conservation and Museum Advisory Service, has received a £178,000 HLF Collecting Cultures grant towards the project totalling £213,550. We have been the only applicant in the South West region to receive a grant from the latest round of the national scheme.

In addition to a purchase fund, we will also be able to develop a cohesive strategic collection policy for creative collections across the heritage sector in Wiltshire and Swindon; provide training and develop skills for staff and volunteers in areas such as collecting, conservation, and interpretation.

Project Officers Joy Rutter and Julie Davis will be contacting a wide range of organisations, individuals and businesses throughout the county whilst working on the project. Please contact Joy or Julie – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – if you have information about creative people working in Wiltshire recently or at any time in the past. Our blog article provides details of the types of individuals and industry we are focusing on.

To find out more and look out for updates as this exciting project progresses, please visit



Dan Cruickshank Talking Wiltshire Manor Houses at WSHC!

on Thursday, 20 November 2014.

Dan Cruickshank the well known art historian and BBC TV presenter will be discussing the wonderous Wiltshire Manor Houses of South Wraxall and Avebury, and the making of the BBC's The Manor Reborn on Thursday 11th December 2014 at 7-8pm, tickets £5.

The talk is being supported by the many archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and will be followed by a question and answer session, organised through the Now in Then project which aims to bring the past alive with material from WSHC's archives.

Capacity is limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To book and pay in advance please contact:
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15 3QN
Tel: 01249 705500 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Any available tickets on the door can be purchased by cash only

Archi've Explored!

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

Extraordinary Lives - Extraordinary Archives: Friday 14 November

We are excited to announce that this year we are taking part in the TNA event 'Explore your Archive Week' which runs from 10-16 November.

Extraordinary Lives - Extraordinary Archives will mark the occasion on Friday 14 November with an open day event to enable you to discover the stories, facts and places that are at the heart of our wonderful Wiltshire communities. The day will include a set of four free 30 minute lunchtime drop-in talks from 12pm (on a first come, first served basis so get here early!) and an exhibition of archives in the Local Studies area, 9.30am-5pm.

It will be a fantastic chance to get closer to the lives of some Wiltshire's people through the documents they left behind and the stories they tell, from the surrender of Wardour Castle in the Civil War to the poetry and poverty of Alfred and Mary Williams. They will inspire you to look further - you'll be amazed at what you can uncover.

We warmly welcome you to explore your archive!

For more information go to


Writing for Wellbeing... Writer in Residence 4 November, 11am-3pm

on Thursday, 02 October 2014.

A great oppportunity to meet our next Writer in Residence, Andi, a professional writer with extensive experience of writing  novels, including children's books, young adult fiction and chick lit. She has also written film reviews and travel guides, and works as a freelance editor and proof reader.

Andi loves to inspire creative writing within others and runs many workshops including Writing for Wellbeing: yoga for the brain!

Come along to the History Centre on 4th November between 11am-3pm, meet Andi, tell her your writing troubles and let her inspire you. You can find out more about her work and get tips as she uses the archives as her writing inspiration for the day. To find out more about Andi visit

Andi will also be a Guest Tutor on 6th December for our regular Creative Writing workshops at the History Centre.

To find out more about the next writing course call the History Centre on 01249 705500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the arts blog

Future Writers in Residence:  5th December and 22nd January.

Wiltshire at War: Community Stories

on Wednesday, 01 October 2014.

Interested in World War One?

There's a new opportunity for you to get involved in a Wiltshire wide project called Wiltshire at War: Community Stories. As an induvidual or group you can share stories, photographs, momentos and other artefacts or documents you have to mark the WWI centenary.

Working with local museums and heritage centres these will be recorded, stored and shared to create a picture of how Wiltshire life was affected by the conflict.

Stories will be presented through a series of travelling exhibitions and also a website.

Alongside this schools and libraries will be hosting activities, talks and events, inspired by the stories from the exhibitions.

To take part, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regular updates on the project, as well as other First World War events and sources of help are posted on the Heritage in Wiltshire blog which you will find at

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