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December 2017


A Wiltshire Christmas – Margaret Moles Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  12 December

Avebury Winter Warmer Walks – Dr Nick Snashall National Trust Avebury  7 & 14 December

Chippenham Pat & Present in Film Chippenham Civic Society  12 December

Christmas – Keith Hopper Swindon WFHS  14 December

Christmas Crimble Wroughton History Group   14 December

Christmas Party Westbury WFHS  14 December

Christmas Social with Quiz and Buffet Malmesbury WFHS  13 December

Conservation Roadshow: Discover how to look after your family treasures  Conservation & Museums Service at County Hall, Trowbridge  14 December

‘H’ is for Heritage: Tour of our national heritage focusing on Wiltshire – Ann King Pewsey Vale History Society  13 December

Industrial Archaeology in your Shed, Garage and Attic – Bill King Historical Association: West Wiltshire Branch  14 December

Kings of Music – Tom Weare Mere Historical Society  12 December

Social Evening with Quiz and Refreshments Chippenham & Calne WFHS  12 December

Social Event Salisbury WFHS  20 December


January 2018

Behind the Scenes: Living DNA’s high definition DNA testing establishing the regional location of ancestors – David Nicholson & Dr Martin Blythe Salisbury WFHS  17 January

Britain on Film: Railways Salisbury Civic Society  24 January

Fact or Fiction: How Old Swindon Inspired an Historical Novel – Nicola Cornick The Swindon Society  10 January

From Anne to Jane: One Hundred and One Incredible Years in Bath’s History – Dickon Povey Historical Association – West Wilts Branch  18 January

Life in the East End: A story of a fancy box cutter – Martin Collisson Malmesbury WFHS  24 January

Lost Salisbury Opera Rediscovered – Nigel Wyatt The Salisbury Museum  17 January

Members’ Evening Chippenham/Calne WFHS  9 January

Members’ Social South Wiltshire Industrial Archaeology Society  8 January

Memoirs of William Small, 19th Century Glazier and Painter in Salisbury – Jane Howells and Ruth Newman Bourne Valley Historical Society  18 January

Nabobs: The Snobs and Nobs of the Home Counties – Clive Williams OBE Pewsey Vale History Society  10 January

Neolithic Life and the Treatment of the Dead – Mike Allen Codford Local History Society  30 January

New Year Party & Awards Ceremony Salisbury Civic Society  11 January

New Year Social Trowbridge Civic Society  9 January

Penruddock’s Rising – Dr Chris Scott Chiseldon Local History Group  17 January

Pugin’s Early Days in Salisbury & Influence on Architecture – David Richards  Salisbury Local History Group  23 January

Slides of Old Melksham – Tony Fivash – Melksham & District Historical Association  18 January

Recent National Trust Discoveries in Dorset – Martin Papworth Salisbury Local History Group  30 January

Talk by Paul Booy Purton Historical Society  25 January

The Architecture of Bradford on Avon: Revising Pevsner – Julian Orbach Atworth History Group  8 January

The Beauty and Science of Crystals through the 20th Century – Professor David Keene Marlborough History Society  18 January

The British Honours System: Some lesser known awards & stories of some worthy recipients – Ashley Jones Westbury WFHS  25 January

The History of the Malting Industry in Salisbury – Douglas Jackson Redlynch & District History Society  2 January

The Life of a Wiltshire Auctioneer – Gordon Brockman Salisbury Local History Group  9 January

The Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton – John Baxter Westbury Heritage Society  30 January

What was New in 2017 – Jerry King Devizes WFHS  2 January

William Beckfored in Bath: Exploring the architecture and writings of William Beckford after he sold Fonthill Abbey – Amy Frost  Tisbury History Society  9 January

Wiltshire Manorial Courts Project – Jenny Pope Swindon WFHS  11 January

Women at Work in WWI – Gerry Churchyard Highworth Historical Society  29 January


February 2018

AGM with Meal & Quiz Bourne Valley Historical Society  15 February

Air War on the Western Front – Steve Williams  The Swindon Society  14 February

Alton Barnes Excavations: Findings Pewsey Vale History Society  14 February

Avoncliffe: The Secret History of an Industrial Hamlet in War & Peace –  Nick McCamley Historical Society: West Wiltshire Branch  15 February

From Barns to Chapels in the Side Streets to Churches in the Market Place: An Overview of Non-Conformity – Graham Warmington Westbury WFHS  22 February

Geophysical Survey of Henrietta Park, Bath – John Knapper Chippenham/Calne WFHS  13 February

Hands Out Boy!: Local Schools in Times Gone By – Richard Giles Easton Royal Heritage Group  21 February

Iron Age Wiltshire – Bob Clarke Wroughton History Group  1 February

Living with Monuments: Avebury and the Search for its People – Dr Nick Snashall The Marlborough History Society  15 February

Mere: A Hunt for Relatives of Second World War Casualties – David Chilton Salisbury Local History Group  6 February

North & South: A Tale of Two Wiltshire Properties – Judy Rouse Malmesbury WFHS  28 February

Open Meeting Wroughton History Group  15 February

Oral History – Jane Reck Swindon WFHS  8 February

Railway Navvies – Chris and Judy Rouse Melksham & District Historical Association  15 February

Recruitment in the Napoleonic Period – Ian Furey King Atworth History Group  5 February

Restoration of the Cotswold Canals – Clive Field Purton Historical Society  22 February

Tales of the Nadder Valley Gamekeeper – Marion Kellow Salisbury WFHS  21 February

The Civil War in Hampshire – Dr Alistair Dougall Redlynch & District Historical Society  6 February

The Life and Death of a Country Policeman: Enos Molden – Judy Rouse Tisbury History Society  13 February

The Lost Houses of Fonthill – Caroline Dakers Salisbury Local History Group  13 February

The Underground World of Corsham – Nick McCamley Devizes WFHS  20 February

Travel in Stuart Wessex – Rosalind Johnson Salisbury Local History Group  27 February

The Archaeology and Early History of Highworth – Mike Stone Highworth Historical Society  26 February

Wiltshire in the Time of Henry II – Gilly Walker Codford Local History Society  28 February