Local History and Heritage Events Happening Throughout the County


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April 2018

A 21st Century Druid – Frank Somers The Amesbury Society  26 April

A Feast of Historic Food (Open Event) Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  14 April

Castles as they were meant to to seen – Christopher Moule The Marlborough History Society  19 April

Celebrating World Heritage: What does World Heritage Status mean? – Sarah Simmonds Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  18 April

Curating ‘Feast! Food at Stonehenge’ – Susan Greany Wiltshire Museum  21 April

First Steps in Studying Family History plus an Open Question Session – Sue Wight Salisbury WFHS  18 April

Field Names in Atworth – Robert Arkell Atworth History Group  9 April

Fonthill Recovered: The Lost Houses of Fonthill 1560-2017 – Caroline Dakers Tisbury History Society  11 April

General Pitt Rivers – Adrian Green Bourne Valley Historical Society  19 April

Harry’s Hapless Heredity, Unfortunate times of a Dorset family – Mike Langtree Malmesbury WFHS  25 April

Industrial & Provident: Bradford on Avon Co-op Society (discussion group) Bradford on Avon Museum  4 April

Life in 1947 Wiltshire – Julie Davis Salisbury Local History Group  24 April

Lyneham and Repatriations – Andrew Lloyd REME Museum  18 April

My Great Grandmother Thirza – Doreen Jones Chippenham/Calne WFHS  10 April

New Forest Industrial Archaeology – Frank Green Whiteparish History and Environmental Group  19 April

North Leach Historic Town – Peter Dawson Wroughton History Group  26 April

Out of my Attic: Boy’s Toys of the 20th Century – Michael Weale (following AGM) Mere Historical Society  3 April

Roving around Rodbourne – Gina Deyager  The Swindon Society 11 April

Somebody’s Baby: The Sequel – Anthea Ring Devizes WFHS  17 April

Stonehenge and Avebury: A Journey Through the Archives – Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  18 April

Sugar to Camels – Ros Liddington Mere Historical Society  17 April

The Cotswold Canal Trust: Working for Restoration – Clive Field Chiseldon Local History Group  18 April

The Elizabethan County House – Dr. Gill White Highworth Historical Society  30 April

The History of Seend Melksham & District Historical Association  19 April

The Walls that Talk: Graffiti in the Cathedral – Steve Dunn Redlynch & District Historical Society  3 April

Tying the Knot: Marriage Customs in Wiltshire in the 16th & 17th Centuries – Steve Hobbs Swindon WFHS  26 April

Villages in the Vale of the White Horse – Paul Williams Purton Historical Society  26 April

Wartime Britain: WWII Day REME Museum  28 April

What a Relief!: An Appraisal of a Romano-British Carved Votive Sculpture from Bradford on Avon Freshford and District Local History Society  25 April

What are Museums for? – Sir David Wilson Corsham Civic Society  27 April

Wiltshire Folklore – Julie Davis Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  5 April

Wilton Estate Farm History – Tim Mayhew Bratton History Association  15 April

Women in the Royal Navy – Karen Nimmo Scott (plus AGM) Easton Royal Heritage Group  18 April

Workhouses – David and Barbara Feather (follows AGM) West Wilts Historical Association 19 April

1000 Years of Warp and Weft Trowbridge Museum  19 April

May 2018


AGM Followed by Food Production in North Wilts 1750-1950 – Mike Stone Devizes WFHS  1 May

A Very Fayre Castle: The Changing Face of Corfe Castle – Judith Teasdale Tisbury History Society  8 May

Archaeology in Wiltshire Conference 2018 Wiltshire Museum  13 May

Droitwich and its Canals – John Farrow Purton Historical Society  24 May

Guided Tour of Tisbury Salisbury Civic Society  3 May

History is Here!: Local History Resources at Malmesbury Library (focusing on Milbourne) – Julie Davis Malmesbury Library  23 May

History Revealed: Laverstock (researching the origins of a community) – Julie Davis Salisbury Library  17 May

Hostelries: a history of the pubs within staggering distance of Freshford – Dr Andrew Smith (plus AGM) Freshford and District Local History Society  23 May

Know Your Place: Navigating and Adding to Wiltshire’s Digital Mapping Site – Julie Davis  Westbury Library  10 May

Life in the Victorian Workhouse – Elizabeth Hodgson Swindon WFHS  24 May

Living with Monuments: New Work on the Neolithic of the Avebury Region – Dr Josh Pollard The Salisbury Museum  10 May

He can’t be my Relation – Carolyn Savory Malmesbury WFHS  23 May

Outing to Devizes Melksham & District Historical Association  17 May

Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum (summer visit) Mere Historical Society  17 May

Slave Trade – Martin Collisson Wroughton History Group  24 May

Sources for Local History (six week course running Tuesdays) Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre  1 May – 5 June

S.S.Great Britain from Launch to Re-launch – Ian Caskie Chippenham/Calne WFHS  8 May

Stonehenge Landscape Walk Wiltshire Museum  17 May

The Battle of Bedwyn and the Rise of Wessex – Nick Baxter Marlborough History Society  17 May

The Supermarine Swift –  Guy Ellis Highworth Historical Society  21 May

The Earls of Radnor and their South Wiltshire Estates – Steve Hobbs Redlynch and District Local History Society  1 May

The Girls Go West – Diane Everett & Jennie Bridges (Preceeded by AGM) The Swindon Society  9 May

Trowbridge Spitfires Trowbridge Museum  24 May

West Country Dialect: Dead or Alive – Tony Painter Salisbury WFHS  16 May

What’s New in Local History? Wiltshire Local History Forum at Devizes  19 May

Why does the North West Boundary of Wiltshire not follow the Avon?: Looking at boundaries from late Iron Age to the Viking Wars in the area – Martyn Whittock  West Wilts Historical Association  17 May

Wills and What to do With Them – Stuart Raymond Atworth History Group  14 May

Wiltshire’s Small Churches:  Some little known gems – Brian Woodruffe Bratton History Association  20 May

Women in the Army in the First World War – Dan Allen Westbury WFHS  24 May