Using The Archives for English

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre contains a wealth of material useful for supporting students study of English language including:

  • original manuscripts from 1150 to the present
  • newspapers from 1760s to the present
  • letters and diaries
  • Published works in Wiltshire dialect
  • Published works by local authors

A Level

Range of documents available from 1700 to present to support Paper 1

Extensive information on historical periods, useful for studying the social context for different genre, e.g. Victorian novels


New unit of work for English GCSE 2010, Studying Spoken language available now, click here for further information.

Visits to the History Centre

Sessions at the History Centre will use some original material from the archive. All visits to the History Centre include a tour of the strongroom and use of our public facilities; lockers, toilets, vending machines, area for eating lunch. There is full disabled access and a disabled toilet.

This session is available Monday-Friday
Sessions Morning 9.30am - 12noon
Afternoon 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Charges on application
Maximum number 30 Tues-Fri
60 on Mondays

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