Local History and Heritage Events Happening Throughout the County


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August 2018

Avebury Stone Circle and World Heritage Site Guided Walk Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  5 August

A Historical Walk around some of the Pubs and Inns in Salisbury – Ed Garman Salisbury WFHS  15 August

A Potpurri of Films: Trams, Nurses, Lacarno & a Mechanical Horse – Gordon Shaw  Rodbourne Community History Group  29 August

Building Georgian Chippenham – Mike Stone Chippenham Museum  2 August

Chippenham Affray (Guided Walk) Chippenham Museum  15 August

Devizes Castle Garden Tours Wiltshire Museum  14 August

Harry’s Hapless Heredity, Unfortunate time of a Dorset family – Mike Langtree Devizes WFHS  21 August

Members’ Study Trip to Malmesbury – Alan Morton Chiseldon Local History Group  22 August

Multicultural Trowbridge – David Birks Trowbridge Museum  16 August

Mystery Visit Salisbury Civic Society  22 August

The Battle of Britain – Colin Cummings  REME Museum  22 August

‘The Jackdaw’ view of Malmesbury Athelstan Museum  15 August

The Story of Muirphy’s Stores, Gosport, Hants – Gillian Pitter Malmesbury WFHS  22 August

Town Centre Walk – Chippenham Chippenham Museum 1, 8, 22 and 29 August

Trip to Llandaff Cathedral and St. Fagan’s National Museum of History, Cardiff Trowbridge Civic Society  22 August

Visit to Atwell-Wilson Museum, Calne  Devizes WFHS  7 August

Walk: Win Green/Berwick St John – Isobel Geddes Wiltshire Museum  18 August


September 2018

A New Look at the History of Marriage – John Hurley Devizes WFHS  18 September

An Introduction to Ancestry: Hands-on Workshop – Ian Hicks Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  8 September

And Then There was More: A Family Story – Lynn Hilditch Swindon WFHS  27 September

Beyond Ancestry Workshop – Claire Skinner Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  15 September

Cabot’s First Voyage – Evan Jones Westbury Festival  25 September

Civil Defence in Swindon During the Wartime & Austerity Years – Julie Davis Rodbourne Community History Group  28 September

Church Graffiti Followup/Churchyard Recording Project – Chris Rust and  Jenny Greaves Aldbourne Heritage Centre  24 September

Devizes Castle Garden Tour Wiltshire Museum  11 September

Discoveries in the Deverills – Dorothy Treasure Salisbury Local History Group  11 September

Dressing Mr & Mrs Andrews: Live Costume Demonstration Chippenham Museum  8 September

Extraordinary Women of West Wiltshire – Claire Skinner Westbury Festival  29 September

History Revealed: Tisbury Study Day at the Nadder Centre – Julie Davis Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  6 September

Know Your Place: A Look at Wiltshire’s Digital Mapping Website for Historic Maps – Julie Davis at Calne Library Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  12 September

Malmesbury in the First World War: Living Trail Athelstan Museum  9 September

Malmesbury War Memorials and Graves: The Stories Behind the Names (Heritage Open Day event) Athelstan Museum  7-8 September

Mary Queen of Scots – Dr Gilliam White Chiseldon Local History Group  19 September

Melksham Workhouse/Railway Through Melksham – Tony Fivash and Peter Maslen Melksham & District Historical Association  20 September

Mesolithic Site of Blick Mead – Professor David Jacques Alton Arts Talks  27 September

My Latham Family & Other Interesting Facts – John Willetts Malmesbury WFHS  26 September

Oliver’s Fort and Roundway Down Battlefield Guided Walk Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  2 September

Pest Detectives: What’s Eating the Valuables in Your Home? – Conservation Museums Advisory Service Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  13 September

Photos from Westbury Heritage Society Westbury Festival  24 September

Provincial Music of the 18th Century – performance by the Avon Ensemble Chippenham Museum  15 September

Richard Jefferies Museum (talk) Devizes WFHS  4 September

Serendipity – Barbara Fuller Chippenham/Calne WFHS  11 September

St Laurence School and its Roman villa (Discussion) – Sophie Hawke Bradford on Avon Museum  5 September

Sugar to Camels: Stories from Wilton House – Ros Liddington Tisbury History Society  11 September

The Archaeological works of Larkhill, Bulford and Tidworth – Simon Cleggett Redlynch and District Local History Society  4 September

The Cold War – Dr Bob Clarke Wiltshire Museum  19 September

The House: Highworth & Swindon Poor Law Union during the 19th Century – Paul Wilkins Purton Historical Society  27 September

The Houses of Corsham High Street – Dorothy Treasure  Corsham Civic Society 28 September

The Packhorse Inn of South Stoke – Bob Parfitt Freshford & District Local History Society  26 September

The Queen’s Picture: Portrait of Elizabeth 1st – Dr Gilliam White Wroughton History Group  20 September

The South Wiltshire Roman Temple and an Update on Fieldwork in the Verlucio Area – Dr David Roberts Wiltshire Museum  25 September

Tours of the Haunch of Vension (Heritage Open Day event) Salisbury Civic Society  7-8 September

Trowbridge Sites Open (Heritage Open Day event) Trowbridge Civic Society  8 September

Up on Nob Hill: Old Swindon in Old Photographs – Andy Binks Swindon Society  12 September

Whitaker/Reeves of Bratton – David Birks Bratton History Association  16 September

Wiltshire Manorial Courts Project – Jenny Pope Salisbury WFHS  19 September

Wolf Hall – Graham Bathe Marlborough History Society  20 September