Wiltshire Historic Environment Record
ResearchOur extensive Museum, Archive and Library collections are invaluable for those reasearching the archaeology, history, art or natural history of Wiltshire.
Our collections are used by many different people - by school children undertaking school projects, students, graduates and post-graduate students preparing dissertations and theses, and members of the public undertaking personal projects including family history research.
We do what we can to help researchers and enquirers and to give access to the reserve collections of the Museum, Archive and Library.
Academic Research support overview
Our collections are Designated by Government as being of National significance, and we welcome the many researchers who wish to study them. In order to support your research, we encourage you to prepare your time visiting us well. This also helps us to prepare for your visit, making sure that your time and ours is spent effectively. The museum has a small staff, and issues such as exhibition schedules, project deadlines, holidays and staff illness can make it difficult or impossible for us to meet research requests at short notice. We will, however, help as much as we can.
Contacting the museum
Your query may be dealt with by different members of staff, so please use the general email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter
Making an appointment and length of notice required
Appointment in writing /email, normally with the following:-
Email / letter of recommendation from your supervisor
Brief project outline identifying a real research need
Evidence that you have conducted preliminary research, including checking sources such as:-
our collections database on the website
our published museum catalogue.
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Where relevant, you should provide evidence that you are competent to handle sensitive collections
Ideally 2 months notice
Research in the Archive and Library can usually be arranged at 2 weeks notice, but please note the opening times of the Archive and Library and that specialist research assistance is not always available, so if you have specific requests, please give as much notice as possible, particularly if you wish to see a large amount of material.
When you visit us, then please bring a form of identification with a photograph - such as a passport, university ID card or driving licence.
Curatorial staff time available 1.5 FTE. The Archive & Library is run by volunteers.
Average number of days spent researching the collections each year 25 visits taking 40 days
Equipment and facilities available
digital camera, copy stand
electronic weighing scales
shared workspace often in use for the continuing cataloguing/documentation project
photocopier / scanner
Restrictions on use of objects including destructive analysis and sampling
any request for destructive analysis or sampling is considered by the Board of Trustees, and requires their approval. The Board meet every 2-3 months, with papers due 2 weeks in advance. It may be possible in some circumstances for the request to be fast-tracked.
any request for the loan of items from the collections is considered by the Board of Trustees, and requires their approval. Considerations include normal insurance, security and environment conditions
Access to related documentation
extensive achive and library holdings relating to the history, archaeology and environment of the County, including full runs of major archaeological journals
archaeological archive of excavations where this is extant, including photographs, plans and site notebooks
Access to stored objects
by prior appointment only, particularly items on display
all items retrieved on request
Facilities to browse collections
collections documented on website, published catalogue
Some sensitive categories of material are not listed on the website, contact the Curator for more information
Information researchers are expected to provide
items should be identified in advance wherever possible by accession number, site name or by reference to published catalogues or reports
Restrictions on handling fragile objects
Extensive image library
Photography allowed for private research; copyright and copies retained by museum
Publication of photographs normally charged
Any reproduction requires a credit to museum
Copy of research requested
41 Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NS
Telephone: 01380 727369