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Phil Harding of Wessex Archaeology shares his enthusiasm for the Archive & Library.

Research Services
There is no charge for initial email enquiries. Please note that replies may take up to two weeks. Staff can carry out more detailed research at a cost of 15 (inc VAT) per hour.
Research Fees

Featured book from the Library
Life and correspondence of Sir Thomas Lawrence. By D.E. Williams. 1831.

Archive and Library

Archive and LibraryOpening Hours

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11am-5pm
Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-5pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
1st Saturday of the month: 10am-5pm (by appointment only - please arrange at least one week in advance).
Please note that we may close for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

To contact the Archive and Library please email archive@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk, or telephone 01380 727369.

Assisting your research:

To help us assist you with your research, we would suggest that you contact us in advance to indicate your area of research and when you would like to visit - archive@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk.
Letting us know in advance means that we can be prepared for your visit and help you make the most of your time with us.

Online Catalogues

Search the Document Catalogue
Search the Photograph Catalogue
Search the Journals Catalogue (PDF document).
Search the Newspapers (PDF document).
Search the Printed books and tracts

All Natural History journals are stored offsite. Please let us know at least 3 days in advance if you wish to consult items from this collection.

The map collection is currently being catalogued and will be available online soon.

The collection consists of rare and unique material such as the 1628 illuminated copy of the Devizes charters, works and manuscripts by William Stukeley, William Cunnington, John Aubrey, Richard Colt Hoare and John Britton.

We also hold some parish record transcripts, sale catalogues, poll books, local history books, photographs and newspapers.

Planning a Visit
The Archive & Library operates an appointment system. Please let us know about the subject you are researching and provide us with a list of materials you wish to consult by completing and emailing a Document Request Form, preferably two weeks in advance. We can then prepare for your visit, identify relevant documents, and help make the best use of your time while you are here. Please e-mail archive@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk. You can use our online catalogues to identify resources for your research.

Non-members will be asked to register when they first arrive. Please bring a form of identity giving name and address / photograph such as:
  • Recent bank statement

  • Driving Licence

  • Recent official bill / invoice

Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS) members must present their membership card / proof of membership.
Please note that pencils must be used in the Reading Room. We also provide lockers for coats and bags.

There is an admission charge, which includes entry to the Wiltshire Museum. See opening times for details.

WANHS members are entitled to use the Archive & Library free of charge. Membership is 42.50, 55.00 for joint membership and 23.00 for students. Monthly payments via Direct Debit are available. Please contact the Membership Secretary for further details.

Photography, Photocopying & Digitisation
Cameras: You are welcome to take photographs with your own camera if images are for personal use (not for publication or websites). We will ask you to sign a copyright declaration form when you arrive.
Photocopying: 20p per page. Please note that with the exception of Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine, we cannot photocopy collection items dating from before 1900.
Photocopying (by post): 5 + 20 per page (plus VAT)
In-House Scanning: 20 (10 concessions) (plus VAT)
In-House Digital Photography: 20 (10 concessions) (plus VAT)

Please note that you should make an appointment in advance with the Assistant Curator to view items from the Paintings, Prints and Drawings Collection (heather.ault@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk). .

Other Services
There is no charge for initial email enquiries. Please note that replies may take up to two weeks. Staff can carry out more detailed research at a cost of 15 (plus VAT) per hour.
We welcome visits by academic, student or local history groups. Please contact us to arrange this in advance.


Wiltshire Museum
41 Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NS
Telephone: 01380 727369
Email: hello@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk

Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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