Events

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‘Where to go on holiday? The options are …’

A talk by Allan Brodie (Historic England)

Friday 20 May 10.30 

Allan Brodie, a historian working for Historic England, looks at a range of ideas for domestic holidays for a Wiltshire resident from the Middle Ages to the present day. Options include going on a pilgrimage, visiting a spa and spending time on the beach. And there has always been an opportunity to visit a big city or ramble through the countryside.

So if you’re tired of Chippenham … Allan has ideas for day trips or a colourful seaside holiday. 

Admission £4.00

 Plagues and pestilence

Edward Jenner and the Small Pox Virus

A talk by Dr Tim Mason

Friday 27 May 10.30

“The smallpox has gone out of late, perhaps it may be followed by the great”, so wrote Byron in the early 19th century. The great pox, syphilis, has sadly not followed the disappearance of smallpox, but smallpox has been virtually eliminated. This lecture follows the history of the disease from earliest records in the times of the Pharaoh Ramses V to its eradication in the twentieth century. The story takes in the life and times of Edward Jenner, our Gloucestershire neighbour and the star of the story, who developed the first vaccine and who envisaged the demise of the disease more than 150 years before it actually occurred. But it hasn’t gone completely.

Admission £4.00

 

Local History Month events: May 2022

Discover the British Newspaper Archive
Salisbury Library
Wednesday 4th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

Frogg Moody
Exploring Fisherton
Salisbury Library
Thursday 5th May, 7-8pm, £3

Sarah Murray
The Hall: Bradford on Avon’s Hidden Gem
Bradford on Avon Library
Monday 9th May, 7.15-8.15pm, £3

Julie Davis
Wiltshire Folklore
Malmesbury Library
Monday 9th May, 7.15-8.15pm, £3

Jane Faulkner
In Search of Pudding Brook
Corsham Library
Friday 13th May, 5.30-6.30pm, £3

Kathryn Preston
Workshop: A Beginner’s guide to using Ancestry
Royal Wootton Bassett Library
Monday 16th May, 10.30am-12pm, Free

Reminiscence Session with Wiltshire Museum
Devizes Library
Tuesday 17th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

Discover Salisbury Ephemera
Salisbury Library
Wednesday 18th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

John Garland
Discover the British Newspaper Archive
Warminster Library
Thursday 19th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

John Garland
Discover the British Newspaper Archive
Warminster Library
Thursday 19th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

Kathryn Preston
Discover the British Newspaper Archive
Melksham Library
Friday 20th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

Tom Rogers
The Pippins, Calne: The Evolution of a Medieval Plot
Calne Library
Monday 23rd May, 10.30-11.30am, £3

Ian Hicks
An Introduction to Palaeography
Trowbridge Library
Monday 23rd May, 2-4pm, £6

Julie Davis and Max Parkin
How to Research the History of Your House
Devizes Library
Wednesday 25th May, 10.30-12.30pm, £6

Discover the British Newspaper Archive
Salisbury Library
Thursday 26th May, 9.30-10.30am, Free

Jo Smith
A Beginner’s Guide to Using Ancestry
Calne Library
Thursday 26th May, 2.30-3.30pm, Free

Julie Davis
Wiltshire Folklore
Chippenham Library
Friday 27th May, 7.15-8.15pm, £3

Discover Devizes Throughout the Ages
Devizes Library
Tuesday 31st May, 2.30-3.20pm, Free

See Full Local History Month Programme for more details and booking information. 

 Tithe Barns talk

Tithe Barns

A talk by author Joseph Rogers

Saturday 11 June 10.30

A fascinating talk by the author of what is thought to be the first book on the general subject of tithe barns in over 20 years and the first book to feature examples across England, Wales and Scotland. As well the ecclesiastical history of these amazing buildings, Joe also looks at how they have become relevant today, through conversion to private homes, community centres, restaurants and, of course, high profile wedding venues. Books will be available to purchase.

Admission £4.00

Tickets for events at the History Centre may be purchased in advance at the Help Desk or are available on 01249 705500 or to reserve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Numbers may be limited so please buy your ticket in advance. 

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