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  • Working in partnership

    Working in partnership

    From Wiltshire Local Studies and Wiltshire and Swindon Archives Service



    AND FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS Issue 386 May 2014 Library orders by 30th May

    Edited by Michael Marshman

    In this issue:

    HelpWanted! Afternoon Events at the History Centre

    Outbreak of First World War Commemorations First World War in Wiltshire Chippenham Creative Writing Group

    Village Interpretation Day - Avebury Finding Your Family History Course

    Singing in the History Centre Whats New on the Blog

    Our Free Lacock Full Day Courses Wiltshire Community History

    Those Were the Days My Friends at the Wyvern Theatre Wiltshire List of Recent Books

    Help Wanted! Many hands make light work! If you could spare some time during June, July and/or August to help sub-number (write numbers on) and repackage historical documents please get in touch. The collection which needs this work is the archive of the Earls of Radnor, which has been catalogued by the late Robert Pearson and completed by Steve Hobbs. It is a collection of about 150 boxes, containing a variety of estate, family and household archives, dating from the 17th century to the early 20th century, so it would be great to have a small group working on this, to make it a more manageable task. This subnumbering and repackaging is an important final step before we can publish the catalogue and give access to this important Wiltshire collection. Please get in touch with Claire Skinner (claire.skinner@wiltshire.gov.uk) if youre able to help. Please let me know which day of the week you can work, and whether morning/afternoon or the whole day. (It is only feasible to do this work Mon-Fri 9 am 5 pm) and provide a contact telephone number. Training and packaging materials will be provided. Thanks very much in anticipation, Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist.

  • Afternoon Events at the History Centre Our afternoon lectures have been increasing in popularity and we are often sold out. Please book your ticket for the lectures listed below as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If you are unable to attend a lecture for which you have booked please let us know as we often have a waiting list for tickets. Thursday 29th May Keeping on the Straight & Narrow: Church Court Records of the 16th & 17th Centuries with Steve Hobbs New Lecture Some tickets remaining A glimpse into how the Church maintained standards and morals for both its clergy and congregation. Includs the punishments and consequences of breaching the Churchess strict codes. Thursday 5th June Churchwardens Accounts with Robert Jago Some tickets remaining Gain a fascinating insight into these proper guardians or keepers of the parish church. From the day to day running of the parish church to the responsibilities of protecting and controlling its lands, property and interests. Thursday 19th June Looking at Life in Wiltshire Workhouses with Margaret Moles New Lecture Some tickets remaining Delve into the world of the under classes and understand how and why our ancestors ended up in these institutions and how hard it was to survive there. Talks will take place in the Education Room, off the Reception area, of the History Centre. Please arrive a few minutes before the start of a talk. Tickets for talks may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk in the History Centre or can be reserved (payment by credit/debit card, or by cheque, for 2 or more tickets) on 01249 705500 (Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.30 5.00). Numbers are limited so please buy your ticket in advance. Admission for talks 3.50; Students, Unwaged and Pensioners 2.50

    Outbreak of First World War Commemorations There will be many activities over the next four years commemorating events of 100 years ago. Parishes and local groups and societies are researching, publishing, and creating exhibitions to record the effects on local communities and the part these played in international events. For someone like me, who grew up among men who had served in that War, but rarely spoke of it, its a salutary lesson to realise that what, to me, seems relatively recent is distant history for many people. At the History Centre we are providing help to people and groups researching the Great War locally please go to http://www.wshc.eu/world-war-1-resources.html for further information - and we will also be giving new afternoon lectures on various topics 100 years after the event. From July the Intelligencer will have a piece every month on something that happened exactly 100 years earlier in either Wiltshire or on the world stage that had an effect on the county. I have some subjects in mind for this but would happy to receive any ideas as I will have 53 months to fill!

  • First World War in Wiltshire Chippenham Creative Writing Group

    for adults, led by a professional writer

    all genres novels, short stories, poetry, play writing, new media

    using historical artefacts and documents as inspiration

    Where: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15

    3QN When: Saturday Mornings 2014 10am-1pm

    12 July 26 July 9 August 30 August 27 September 11 October 25 October 8 November

    Cost: 20 for 8 x 3 hour sessions, plus expert mentoring For more information T: 01249 705531 or E: arts@wiltshire.gov.uk http://danceandtheatrewiltshire.net/NowInThen-WritersGroup To book, T: 01249 705500 or E: localstudies@wiltshire.gov.uk

    Students must be able to commit to all sessions

    Some tickets remaining

  • Village Interpretation Day - Avebury

    Avebury - the History

    with Michael Marshman, Ros Cleal and Brian Edwards

    A few places remaining for a course that is being repeated by popular demand

    A course examining archival and documentary sources, with an emphasis on looking at village development, shifting settlement, and building history in the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, followed by an interpretative landscape walk in the villages of Avebury and Avebury Trusloe. We will be concentrating on the history rather than the prehistory, although the two were frequently in contact through the centuries. Programme Monday 2nd June 2014 9.15 Course registration (History Centre will be open at 9.00) 9.30 Work with published sources, documents, estate records, wills and inventories, maps, photographs and aerial photographs. 1.00 Lunch please bring your own but drinks are available via vending machines. 1.30 Leave for Avebury (own transport). 2.00 Assemble at Avebury for an interpretive walk around the villages and their environs with a detailed look at some of the buildings. 4.30 Finish Cost of course 15.00; tickets available from Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham (Tel. 01249 705500). Limited to 20 people

  • Finding Your Family History A Six Week Course on Sources You can Use

    6 tickets remaining

    book now to avoid disappointment 30th May to 4th July 2014

    Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Cocklebury Road

    Chippenham SN15 3QN 25 for the 6 week course or 5 each for individual workshops (if available) Each workshop takes place on Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. in the Education Room at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. Biscuits and tea or coffee will provided mid morning. You will be handling documents and other original material in each session and so we ask you to only use pencils for any note taking. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask general questions and mention problems, but we will not be taking questions about individual ancestral research. 30th May Introduction to the family history course Claire Skinner

    Printed sources and civil registration Michael Marshman 6th June Censuses, poll books and electoral registers Michael Marshman 13th June Church of England parish Robert Jago

    Non-conformist records and others Margaret Moles 20th June Education Records Margaret Moles

    Poor Law Records Terry Bracher 27th June Estate and manorial records Claire Skinner 4th July Wills and probate inventories Robert Jago

    Quarter and Petty Sessions records Steve Hobbs The aim of this course is to enable you to become familiar with a range of sources that will be useful in family history research. You will have the opportunity to handle and use documents with professional assistance and gain confidence to use material that youve not previously considered. The course is designed to provide maximum benefit to people taking the whole course, but it will be possible to book individual workshops if space is available. Owing to the fact the archives relate to Wiltshire and Swindon, this course will be of most benefit to those with English or Welsh ancestry. Booking To book a place on the course please: Either: telephone Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on 01249 705500 and you can pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Or: make a booking when you visit us and pay by cash, cheque or card. Or: e-mail localstudies@wiltshire.gov.uk and send us a cheque on confirmation of your booking. If you wish to book an individual workshop we will keep your details and contact you before the course start date to let you know if space is available.

  • Singing in the History Centre On Saturday 17th May we hosted a Full English Open Archive Day celebrating the largest digital archive of folk music manuscripts in the world - http://www.vwml.org/search/search-full-english . To q