Seend Iron Works – research by volunteer Anna

Volunteer Anna has been undertaking research into the Seend Iron Works and links to our collections...   The Seend Iron Works began when J.E. Holloway gained mining rights on a small area of land in Seend, located just below the Bell Inn. J.E. Holloway was the first person to extract

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Queen Victoria’s Birthday

To celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria,  our volunteer, Amy, has been researching objects in our collection linked to the monarch... Medal - Accession number: DZSWS:1955.205   A medal brought to Wiltshire from Liverpool... Queen Victoria, having travelled from Windsor, arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday 11th May 1886, to open

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Local and Community History Month

This month is Local and Community History month. To celebrate the rich history of Wiltshire, our volunteer, Bethany, has put together a piece on a few of her favourite historical sites across the county... DZSWS:1983.864 - Lithograph, Plan of Devizes Castle for Sale by Auction by Mr Geo. Robins, Aug

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Museum Pets

In celebration of Pet Day, our volunteer, Tabby, has searched through our collection to find a variety of  links to our furry friends! From beautiful Roman mosaics, to terrifying fish-shaped water spouts...   DZSWS:1985.221 Roman Mosaic A large mosaic fragment with geometric border and showing a dog running past a

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Easter in the collections

This Easter period, volunteer Bethany has done an egg-cellent job of hunting through our collections to see what Easter-themed items we have... Box for chocolate sent by Queen Victoria to soldiers in the Boer War, 1900 No 120 year chocolate inside, thankfully! In order to boost morale during the Boer

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Spring/Easter Crafts!

Happy Easter! Why not get creative this week with our quick and easy craft ideas. Remember to send us pictures of your creations on social media - @wiltshiremuseum Spring Animal Puppets Great for decorating your home for Easter or as part of an egg hunt in your garden! Dowload instructions:

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Census Day is here!

To mark Census Day 2021 (21st March), our Marketing and Administration Officer has used information from previous census records to investigate who was living at 40 and 41 Long Street, Devizes, before they became part of the Museum. The Census and the Museum  A census is a record, taken every

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Valentines Day – A look into our collections

This Valentine's Day, volunteer Bethany has discovered some items in our collection related to love. From the very sweet - to the very strange...   Folk Art in seeds! An unusual eighteenth-century folk art picture, composed almost entirely of seeds and probably depicting Darby and Joan. Set within an ebonised

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The Richards family: A research project

Hi, I'm Merryn and I'm currently working on a placement with Wiltshire Museum. I'm really interested in how our lives fit together, like jigsaw pieces assembling to form the bigger picture. I love History as a subject and I think Ancestry brings our past alive. It let's us tell and

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Remembrance Day

Remembering all those who have fought and those who lost their lives during conflict. Letters Home During 2018, we embarked upon a 'Letters Home project'. Volunteers, local and far away, wrote letters home inspired by factual information about soldiers from Devizes who fought in the Great War and are commemorated

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