Local Studies Resource Pack

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If you are a a teacher looking for original, historic source material and exciting new classroom resources for your local history study, you need to check out the extensive archive and local studies collections held at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. We can provide advice and guidance on how to make the best use of our collections and create a local studies resource pack that will be tailored to your geographical area in Wiltshire or Swindon.

Our collections span over 800 years of history recording people, places and events of local, national and international importance.

Our oldest documents date back to the 1100s and among the archives we have such treasures as the marriage settlement of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, a letter from Elizabeth I about her cousin Mary Queen of Scots and a letters from Florence Nightingale. See our online exhibition for more examples of the wide range of archives we hold.

Resources that can be included in the packs:

  • School log books and admission registers
  • Historic photographs and prints
  • Local newspapers
  • Historic and Ordnance Survey maps
  • Census returns.
  • Court records
  • Poor law records
  • Trade Directories.

Please also see our Local Studies Workshop.


Prices from £35 +VAT.
Photographs, old, large and fragile documents will be scanned and additional charges may apply. Packs will be sent electronically. Please specify if you require hard copies.

For further information or to place an order please contact the education officer, Ruth Butler on 01249 705529 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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