Archi've Explored!

on Wednesday, 22 October 2014.

Extraordinary Lives - Extraordinary Archives: Friday 14 November

We are excited to announce that this year we are taking part in the TNA event 'Explore your Archive Week' which runs from 10-16 November.

Extraordinary Lives - Extraordinary Archives will mark the occasion on Friday 14 November with an open day event to enable you to discover the stories, facts and places that are at the heart of our wonderful Wiltshire communities. The day will include a set of four free 30 minute lunchtime drop-in talks from 12pm (on a first come, first served basis so get here early!) and an exhibition of archives in the Local Studies area, 9.30am-5pm.

It will be a fantastic chance to get closer to the lives of some Wiltshire's people through the documents they left behind and the stories they tell, from the surrender of Wardour Castle in the Civil War to the poetry and poverty of Alfred and Mary Williams. They will inspire you to look further - you'll be amazed at what you can uncover.

We warmly welcome you to explore your archive!

For more information go to


Writing for Wellbeing... Writer in Residence 4 November, 11am-3pm

on Thursday, 02 October 2014.

A great oppportunity to meet our next Writer in Residence, Andi, a professional writer with extensive experience of writing  novels, including children's books, young adult fiction and chick lit. She has also written film reviews and travel guides, and works as a freelance editor and proof reader.

Andi loves to inspire creative writing within others and runs many workshops including Writing for Wellbeing: yoga for the brain!

Come along to the History Centre on 4th November between 11am-3pm, meet Andi, tell her your writing troubles and let her inspire you. You can find out more about her work and get tips as she uses the archives as her writing inspiration for the day. To find out more about Andi visit

Andi will also be a Guest Tutor on 6th December for our regular Creative Writing workshops at the History Centre.

To find out more about the next writing course call the History Centre on 01249 705500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the arts blog

Future Writers in Residence:  5th December and 22nd January.

Wiltshire at War: Community Stories

on Wednesday, 01 October 2014.

Interested in World War One?

There's a new opportunity for you to get involved in a Wiltshire wide project called Wiltshire at War: Community Stories. As an induvidual or group you can share stories, photographs, momentos and other artefacts or documents you have to mark the WWI centenary.

Working with local museums and heritage centres these will be recorded, stored and shared to create a picture of how Wiltshire life was affected by the conflict.

Stories will be presented through a series of travelling exhibitions and also a website.

Alongside this schools and libraries will be hosting activities, talks and events, inspired by the stories from the exhibitions.

To take part, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regular updates on the project, as well as other First World War events and sources of help are posted on the Heritage in Wiltshire blog which you will find at

Make History Your Inspiration... 4 October 2014

on Friday, 26 September 2014.

Writer in Residence

We’re delighted to be joined by Joe Roberts, a novelist, travel writer and a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller. Joe has published two collections of travel writing; “Three-quarters of a Footprint: Travels in South India” and “Abdul's Taxi To Kalighat: Impressions of Calcutta”.   He is also the author of the novel “Bengal, the Cold Weather 1873: A Dream of Edward Lear in India”.

Joe uses history as an inspiration to write and will be getting stuck into the archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on 4th October.

Come along between 11am-3pm, ask him your writing questions, find out more about his work and get inspired. At the same time explore some of the rich resources the History Centre has to offer.

Joe will also be a Guest Tutor on 11th October for our regular writing course. To find out more about the next writing course call the History Centre on 01249 705500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For your diary - Future Writers in Residence at WSHC:  4th November, 5th December and 22nd January.

Look forward to seeing you!

Writing for Children... tips from the expert! 10 September 2014, 10.30-3pm

on Tuesday, 09 September 2014.

We are lucky to have a children's author with us as Writer in Residence on Wednesday 10 Septemeber 2014.

Martin Coleman is a published author of humorous children’s stories. His books are listed among Waterstones ‘Top Rated Products’, are endorsed by eighteen celebrities and media figures and he is soon to be published in a book of short stories along with four other authors, including British novelist Anthony Horowitz and former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion. Join Martin as he spends the day in the archives and expertly rewrites the 16th Century story Sir William Sharington and the Lacock pardon. 

Whilst working on his story Martin will be more than happy to answer your questions, talk about his journey as an author and give encouragement and advice.

Feel free to call in at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on Wednesday 10th September between 10.30am-3pm to meet Martin, ask questions, get inspired and have a go at writing something yourself.

Future Writers in Residence sessions have been planned for 4th October, 4th November, 5th December and 22nd January, details to follow.


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