Do you love reading and history?
Our latest venture might just suit you down to the ground!
Please note - at present the History Centre is closed to the public due to the C-19 outbreak. You can access online reading of some of the memory Box Reading group sessions below:
Session one: The Workhouse and Out Relief
Session two: Royal Forests
Normally, sessions run on the Monday of every month, 2-3.30pm, free entry. It’s a chance for anyone who is at a loose end to come along and listen to extracts of books from our Local Studies Library on a wide range of topics, take a look at a range of documents from the Archives and photographs from our Local Studies Collection, not to mention tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat at the end!
Feel free to join in with any memories of comments you may have, or just enjoy the friendly atmosphere with others and the chance to take a look at many fascinating and little seen items from our vast range of collections.
Topics we have covered so far have been as wide-ranging as Royal Forests, the Workhouse, the Fair, Ironworks, Education, Cinema, 1950s Chippenham and Washday. The extracts mostly cover Wiltshire places but we also find out about the origin of the subjects to add context, covered by our general reference (Heritage Collection) held at the library. The group are also able to suggest subjects of interest for us to cover in future sessions, which is proving to be both successful and interesting to date.
You’ll be amazed by what there is to discover and uncover; we’ve found out about sea eagle bones which were purported to have been used in medieval bird hawking; the common labourer who was writing to tell others of the plight of his follow workers in the 18th century, the pioneer of the modern-day cinema, based in Salisbury, and much more!
Comments from attendees include “Brings back memories I’d forgotten I had”; “It’s lovely to hear other people’s ideas and lean new things”; “Brings up questions and new things to think about”…
We look forward to meeting you!
Reading Group Leader and County Local Studies Librarian
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre