Local History and Heritage Events Happening Throughout the County

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October 2017

A Redlynch Childhood: Annual Exhibition of the Redlynch and District Local History Society  13 & 14 October

Archaeological Finds in Wiltshire – Gabrielle Flexer Melksham & District Historical Association  19 October

Asylums & their Records – David Chilton Westbury WFHS  26 October

Black History in Wiltshire – Terry Bracher Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  3 October

Bringing the Stone Age to Life – Katie England (after AGM) Redlynch and District Local History Society  3 October

Can Ghenis Khan be Found? – Geoffrey Parkes Freshford & District Local History Society  25 October

Clarendon Assize and the Transformation of English Justice – Bridget Chase Dinton Historical Society 19 October

Clarendon, Salisbury and Medieval Floor Tiles – Professor Christopher Norton Salisbury Museum  19 October

Conservation Roadshow: Discover how to look after precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  12 October

Cotswold Wool Trade and Shepherding – Martin Way Purton Historical Society  26 October

Digging the Durotriges – 6,000 years on a Dorset Farm – Dr Miles Russell Salisbury Museum  17 October

History of Bradford on Avon Fire Brigade (Discussion Group) – Roger Clark Bradford on Avon Museum  4 October

Horrible and Unusual Wiltshire History – Terry Bracher Easton Royal Heritage Group  18 October

Industrial Archaeology Symposium: Includes Food Production in North Wiltshire 1660-1960 – Mike Stone Wiltshire Museum  28 October

Inspired to Teach: The Story of the College of Sarum St. Michael – Jenny Head and Anne Johns Salisbury Museum  4 October

Isaac Pitman: Writing by Sound – Stuart Burroughs  Atworth History Group  2 October

Life Writing Masterclass: turning experiences into fiction (can include family history) – Alison Knight & Jenny Kane Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  21 October

Lettice Sweetaple – Who was she? – Rita Burstow Devizes WFHS  17 October

Maps for Family Historians – Glenys Bettley Chippenham/Calne WFHS  10 October

Maps for Family Historians – Glenys Bettley Malmesbury WFHS  25 October

Messines Campaign Centenary 1917 – 2017 – Richard Broadhead Chippenham Civic Society  17 October

My Year as Mayor (after AGM) – Eric Shaw Chiseldon Local History Group  18 October

Open Day at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  28 October

Popham: a 16th century lawyer who made good! – James Bradnock Mere Historical Society  3 October

Purton and Wiltshire in English History – Paul Booy Purton Historical Society (6 week course starts 4 October)

Remembrance Poppy – Bill King Wroughton History Group  19 October

Revisiting Pevsner on Trowbridge – Julian Orbach West Wiltshire Historical Association 19 October

Secret Trowbridge: Medieval & Tudor Times – Rosemary Hawkes Trowbridge Civic Society  24 October

SS Great Britain, from Launch to Re-launch – Ian Castle Bourne Valley Historical Society  19 October

Stonehenge: Old Rocks, New Theories – Julian Richards Bradford on Avon Museum  13 October

The Buscot and Coleshill Estates – Second World War Operation Base Open afternoon Coleshill Estate Office  Until Sunday 8 October

The Glorious Revolution – Ian Macdonald Watson Marlborough History Society  19 October

The Motor Trade: 1950-1980 – Alan Nix Highworth Historical Society 30 October

The Unfortunate Captain Pierce – Philip Browne Devizes WFHS  3 October

The Vale of Pewsey Project: 2017 season of archaeological investigations – Dr Jim Leary Alton Barnes Coronation Hall Talks 12 October

Villages in the Landscape: how village have evolved – Michael Marshman Tisbury History Society  10 October

Violin Making: My Journey Through Life – Glyn Jones The Amesbury Society  26 October

William Longspee, 3rd Earl of Salisbury: His life and times – David Richards Codford Local History Society  17 October

Wiltshire Montagus and the Revolutionary Wars 1760-1812 – Tony Pratt  Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  13 October

Wiltshire Woollen Mills – David Birks Bratton History Association  15 October

Wor Barrow – Dr Mike Allen Wiltshire Museum  7 October

Work of Napoleonic Prisons of War – Tony Cross Salisbury WFHS  18 October


November 2017

A Tale of Two Swords: An Unexpected link between the Romans and Terry Pratchett – Richard Henry & Gabrielle Flexer Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  28 November

Agincourt – Martin Collison Purton Historical Society  23 November

Albany Ward: Cinema Pioneer of the South West – Ruth Butler Salisbury Local History Group 7 November

Alfred the Great and the Battle of Edington – Michael Wood Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  16 November

Annual General Meeting Melksham & District Historical Association  16 November

Archiving Salisbury Cathedral: From Medieval to Modern – Emily Naish  The Salisbury Museum  16 November

Bronze Age Amber Spacer Artefacts in Britain & Europe – Dr Kate Verkooijen Wiltshire Museum  11 November

Dickens of a Christmas -Lynda Warren Wroughton History Group  16 November

Explore Corsham Close Up – Dr Negley Harte Corsham Civic Society  24 November

Great Chalfield’s People – Arnold Snowball Atworth History Group  6 November

History of Pub Signs – Mike Marshman Westbury Heritage Society  25 November

Landscape History of the Chalk Valleys – Hadrian Cook Salisbury Local History Group  14 November

Life in 1947 Wiltshire – Julie Davis Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  9 November

Meeting Malmesbury History Society  16 November

Members’ Evening Devizes WFHS  21 November

Members’ Evening Swindon WFHS  9 November

Open Meeting (looking at the work of the Society) and information about The Maltings Redevelopment Salisbury Civic Society  21 November

Open Meeting Wroughton History Group  2 November

Paris in the 1890s:  Belle Époque or Fin de Siècle? – Alesandra Ormerod Tisbury History Society  14 November

Peace without Victory: Could the Great War have been ended in 1917? – Peter Landymore Mere Historical Society  7 November

Quiz Night Wiltshire Museum  17 November

Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Wiltshire – Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  29 November

Records of Hospitals and Asylums – Claire Skinner Salisbury WFHS  15 November

Romsey Abbey Through the Ages – Phoebe Merrick Salisbury Local History Group  28 November

Solstice Park: The Story – Cliff Whitley (after AGM) The Amesbury Society  23 November

The Awkward Place of World War I in German History – Michael Hart The Marlborough Historical Society  16 November

The Black Country, my Willetts Family & Other Interesting Things – John Willetts Malmesbury WFHS  22 November

The Man who Rebuilt Wessex – Francis Burroughes Historical Association: West Wiltshire Branch  16 November

The Poppy – Bill King Rodbourne Community History Group  25 October

The Rocky Road to Westminster – Nicholas Brotherton  Chippenham & Calne WFHS  14 November

The Romans in Britain – Bill King Chiseldon Local History Group  15 November

The Sailing Pilots of the Severn Sea – Robert Parfitt Freshford and District Local History Society  22 November

The Social Etiquette of Drinking in the Georgian and Regency Periods – Martin Collinson Highworth Historical Society  27 November

The Somerset Coalfields – Peter Collier Trowbridge Civic Society  14 November

The War Dead of the Bourne Valley – Tony Lyons Bourne Valley Historical Society  16 November

Villain or Victim: Rebecca Smith executed at Devizes Prison in 1849 – her life and times – Sally Hendry Westbury WFHS  23 November

Where is That Quiz: Rodbourne & Swindon Rodbourne Community History Group  29 November