Industrial Archaeology Committee

The Industrial Archaeology Committee acts as a focus for those interested in the Industrial history of the County.  A conference is arranged each year with either a specific subject such as Roads or a focus on new research within the county and nearby.

The excellent ‘Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Wiltshire’ booklet which lists remaining industrial sites, with illustrations of many, was edited by Pam Slocombe, a former chairman of the Committee.

The Story of Devizes galleries at the Museum feature items used or manufactured by the industries and trades of the town and the stories of local firms.  The Museum has an extensive Archive and Library with much of industrial interest and has a large agricultural collection, formerly displayed at Avebury Great Barn and Lackham.  The Collections can be searched through the Collections section of the website.


Water wheel which was part of Chapps mill at Slaughterford. Although having earlier origins from 1815 until closure in 1993 it was a papermill.

Water wheel which was part of Chapps mill at Slaughterford. Although having earlier origins from 1815 until closure in 1993 it was a papermill.

Cast iron Church gate post by Brown and May of Devizes, a firm famous worldwide through their export of small portable steam engines

Cast iron Church gate post by Brown and May of Devizes, a firm famous worldwide through their export of small portable steam engines.

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