Roman Panel Author Talk

on Wednesday, 17 December 2014.

Thursday 5 March, 7-8pm

Roman Panel (Ben Kane, Ruth Downie and M.C Scott) on Thursday 5 March 2015, 7pm at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

Join three inspirational, bestselling authors for an unforgettable evening of exploration into the Roman Empire. Inspired by the Romans, our expert panel have, between them, written more than twenty novels set in ancient times. Tap into the breadth of their shared knowledge, ask questions and become inspired to research and write yourself. The Roman Panel is being held among the rich archives, linking up with the Archaeology team to deliver a great event.

Ben Kane is a historical fiction novelist best known for The Forgotten Legion, Silver Eagle, Road to Rome and Hannibal Enemy of Rome, which reached number 4 in the Sunday Times best seller list.


Ruth Downie is best known for her series of novels featuring 'reluctant sleuth' Gaius Petreius Ruso. Number six in the series, and her most recent Ruso mystery, is Tabula Rasa, published October 2014.


M.C. Scott is crime fiction writer, writing both historical and comtemporary thrillers, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and shortlisted for Orange Prize. The Boudica series are her first historical novels.


Tickets: £5

Capacity is limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

To book please telephone 01249 705500 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get Graphic with WSHC!

on Friday, 12 December 2014.

Thursday 22 January 2015, 11am to 3pm

*Free Event*

Our final Writer in Residence session at the History Centre for the successful Arts Council funded ‘Now in Then’ contemporary writing from history project is comic/graphic novelist Liz Greenfield.

Liz has worked on comics of every description, including the award-winning webcomic Stuff Sucks and print comics for Dark Horse and Marvel Comics over the past ten years after having studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her latest graphic novel, The Compendium of Superheroes and Alter Egos, was published by Tangent Books in fall 2014.

Come and make the most of this exciting opportunity to meet Liz. Ask her about your writing questions and receive advice and ideas on how to turn your research into creative writing. Get lost in the archives and find out more about using the History Centre as an inspirational resource.

Writer in Residence: Friday 5 December, 11am-3pm

on Monday, 01 December 2014.

Your chance to chat to a professional writer, ask your writing questions and get inspiration

*Free event*

Jenni Mills began writing novels after a career in radio and television, which included presenting You and Yours, Woman’s Hour and many award-winning documentaries on Radio 4, and directing several TV series on history and archaeology.

Using history for inspiration, Jennie is author of the novels Crow Stone, Set around the underground stone quarries at Bath and The Buried Circle, set in Avebury.

If you are an aspiring writer why not pop in to see Jenni on 5 December? Feel free to come along to meet her, ask her questions about her work and get advice on your own writing journey. She'd love to meet you!

Future Writer in Residence event: 22nd January 2015.

Successful Bid for Creative Wiltshire and Swindon

on Friday, 21 November 2014.

We are excited to announce that our latest Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been successful. The project Creative Wiltshire and Swindon aims to fill significant gaps in our collections concerning creative industries in the county, with a significant fund to purchase items.

The scheme, a partnership led by Wiltshire Local Studies and including Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon Central Library Local Studies and Wiltshire Conservation and Museum Advisory Service, has received a £178,000 HLF Collecting Cultures grant towards the project totalling £213,550. We have been the only applicant in the South West region to receive a grant from the latest round of the national scheme.

In addition to a purchase fund, we will also be able to develop a cohesive strategic collection policy for creative collections across the heritage sector in Wiltshire and Swindon; provide training and develop skills for staff and volunteers in areas such as collecting, conservation, and interpretation.

Project Officers Joy Rutter and Julie Davis will be contacting a wide range of organisations, individuals and businesses throughout the county whilst working on the project. Please contact Joy or Julie – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – if you have information about creative people working in Wiltshire recently or at any time in the past. Our blog article provides details of the types of individuals and industry we are focusing on.

To find out more and look out for updates as this exciting project progresses, please visit



Dan Cruickshank Talking Wiltshire Manor Houses at WSHC!

on Thursday, 20 November 2014.

Dan Cruickshank the well known art historian and BBC TV presenter will be discussing the wonderous Wiltshire Manor Houses of South Wraxall and Avebury, and the making of the BBC's The Manor Reborn on Thursday 11th December 2014 at 7-8pm, tickets £5.

The talk is being supported by the many archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and will be followed by a question and answer session, organised through the Now in Then project which aims to bring the past alive with material from WSHC's archives.

Capacity is limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

To book and pay in advance please contact:
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15 3QN
Tel: 01249 705500 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Any available tickets on the door can be purchased by cash only

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