Beige cardboard trays containing microscope slides made by William Cunnington.

Museum stores shine light on Stonehenge

A rediscovery in our Museum stores featured in the February 2022 British Archaeology Magazine with an article by Mike Pitts. Stonehenge must be as thoroughly researched as any ancient site in the world. Yet important evidence can still be found in museum archives.   The discovery identified in the Wiltshire

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Bronze Age Daggers: Symbols of Power

Bronze Age Daggers: Symbols of Power Gold decorated daggers, like the one from Bush Barrow found close to Stonehenge, were a symbol of power throughout Bronze Age Europe and beyond.  The finds from Bush Barrow, Britain’s richest Bronze Age burial, are currently featured in the ‘World of Stonehenge’ exhibition at

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The Aldbourne Cup

The Aldbourne Cup The exquisitely made Aldbourne Cup, complete with its lid, is beautifully decorated inside and out with V-shapes, diamonds and triangular patterns. This decoration was made using a sharp object, a bone pin or bronze awl, which was repeatedly pushed into the soft clay. Similar cups have been

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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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All Cannings Cross – Tuesday Takeover

In celebration of Local and Community History month, our volunteers are taking over our social media each Tuesday - talking about aspects of Wiltshire's amazing history. Today, it is over the volunteer Tabby for an archaeology debrief of All Cannings Cross! "Today, for our takeover day we’re going to pick

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Wealth of Knowledge – project update

It is now a year since we began our Wealth of Knowledge project, funded by the Arts Council Designation Development Fund. The project aims to:- Enhance the collections with new knowledge and understanding of over 10 years research on the collections. Make this new information public by publishing the enhanced

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Working with Alzheimer’s Support: shaping the future of the Devizes Assize Court

The Museum has been working with Alzheimer’s Support to ensure that people with dementia have a voice in the planned redevelopment of the Devizes Assize Court. Members of Alzheimer’s Support’s Old Silk Works day club in Warminster (some of the group pictured) and a group of Devizes-based carers recently took

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Stonehenge against a clear blue sky with the Slaughter stone in the foreground

The A303 Stonehenge tunnel – where are we now

The Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, has recently approved the proposal for a tunnel at Stonehenge, and some of our Members have been asking for clarification of the current position in this long-running saga. The Planning Inspectorate, after a lengthy process including a public inquiry, recommended against approving the tunnel because

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Crowdfunder – Curiosity and Creativity

We have launched our 2020 Appeal as part of the Museums Association #SupportOurMuseums appeal. We are delighted with the support we have received and are already 27% of the way towards our target! Rachael Holtom, our Development Officer, said: We've been blown away by the amount you, our Crowdfunder Champions,

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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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