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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

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At the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre you will find a wealth of information and advice to help you research the history of your ancestors, your house, town, parish, community and more. We provide free access to thousands of historical records, maps and images relating to the county of Wiltshire.

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The Memory Box Reading Group

A reading group based at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, 2-3.30pm, free entry. It’s a chance for anyone who is at a loose end to come along and listen to extracts of books from our Local Studies Library on a wide range of topics, take a look at a range of documents from the Archives and photographs from our Local Studies Collection, not to mention tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat at the end!

Feel free to join in with any memories or comments you may have, or just enjoy the friendly atmosphere with others and the chance to take a look at many fascinating and little seen items from our vast range of collections.

Topics we have covered so far have been as wide-ranging as Royal Forests, the Workhouse, the Fair, Ironworks, Education, Cinema, 1950s Chippenham and Washday. The group often suggests subjects of interest to cover in future sessions.

You’ll be amazed by what there is to discover and uncover; we’ve found out about sea eagle bones which were purported to have been used in medieval bird hawking; the common labourer who was writing to tell others of the plight of his follow workers in the 18th century, the pioneer of the modern-day cinema, based in Salisbury, and much more!

We are a small, friendly group – please feel free to drop in and join us; no appointment or booking necessary.

Julie Davis – Memory Box Organiser