Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Food icon Wheelchair access icon

The Record Office exists to preserve the written records of local people and organisations and to help people make use of them.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Open: Tues - Fri 09:30-17:30 Last archival documents produced at 5pm
Sat 09:30-17.00

Closed: Holidays and closures are listed on website

Admission charges


It holds documents dating from all periods between the twelfth century and the present day.

Collection details

Archives, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Image of Eric Walrond and James Davis

Eric Walrond A 'Harlem Renaissance' Writer in Wiltshire

  • 6 June 2016 From 5:30pm

A talk by Prof. James Davis on a forgotten writer’s extraordinary journey from the Harlem Renaissance in New York during the inter war years, to living in Bradford on Avon during WWII and beyond. Discover how a neglected talent of US Afro-Caribbean literature came to be living in Wiltshire.


Bradford on Avon Library
Bridge Street
Bradford on Avon
BA15 1BY


£3.00 Tickets available from the Library
Tel: 01225 863280
Email: Libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk

Five young men starting a running race with starting pistol behind, black and white

Wiltshire pastimes

  • 9 June 2016 From 2:15pm

Our ancestors worked hard by also made the most of leisure time. Archivist Ally McConnell guides us through our records and archives giving us an insight into the lighter side of life.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Book at the History Centre help desk, on 01249 705500 or on localstudies@wiltshire.gov.uk

Lithographic print of Turleigh Manor House

Winsley & Turleigh Records and Landscape Interpretation

  • 13 June 2016 9:15am-4:30pm

A course examining archival and documentary sources, with an emphasis on looking at village development, roads and tracks, and building history at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, followed by a landscape interpretation walk in the villages of Winsley and Turleigh

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

GCSE English spoken language programme


Everything you need to teach the GCSE English spoken language module, teachers' notes, handouts, video clips in dialect, links to great resources. Zip files to download containing the whole module.


  • Michelle Temple, Willtshire English AST

How to obtain

Free from our website www.wshc.eu/education

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
SN15 3QN




General Enquiries


Archive Enquiries



General Enquiries

01249 705500


General Enquiries

01249 705527

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.