×The Archive and Library is now available for pre-booked research visits.

Library and Archive

We are still working through a backlog of donations and acquisitions acquired during the Covid-19 Pandemic and desk space available for researchers is limited.

All visiting researchers will need to book their visit in advance and discuss what they wish to view beforehand with the Archive & Library team.

We are taking bookings for research visits on Tuesdays (all day), Wednesdays (morning only), Thursdays (all day) and Fridays (mornings only), subject to staff or volunteer availability.

We are sorry but we will not be able to welcome walk-in visitors to the Archive and Library for the time being.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

November 2023

Contact: archive@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk, or telephone 01380 727369.

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Friday: 10.30 am to 4 pm - subject to staff or volunteer availability.
Saturday: 1st Saturday of the month: by appointment only - please arrange in advance.

Please note that we may close for lunch between 1pm and 2pm.

Free for WANHS members, usual Museum admission charge for non-members.

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
Most of our collections are now online.

PDF Catalogues of Journals and Newspapers can be downloaded.

Some material, including natural history journals and rarely consulted books, are stored offsite. If you let us know in advance about the topic you are researching, then we can arrange to have material ready for you.

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.

WANHS members are entitled to use the Archive & Library free of charge. Visit the Support Us section for costs and how to join.

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 to research using items from the Paintings, Prints and Drawings Collection. Please see the Research pages for details.

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.

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Collections highlights

Circular silver medal inscribed with flowing handwriting

School medal awarded at Frances Elliott’s School for Young Ladies

Silver school prize medal inscribed Mrs Elliott’s Ladies Boarding School, Devizes on one side and A Reward of Merit from Mr Burgess, teacher of dancing

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Far from the Madding Crowd – 1967 film

Many scenes in the 1967 film of 'Far from the Madding Crowd' were shot in Devizes. The production turned Devizes Market Place back in time

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Collection of Melksham photographs

Volunteer Anna has taken an indepth look at one of her local towns, Melksham. She has discovered photographs of the area in our archive. Melksham,

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Holy Cross Church, Seend 

Student volunteer Anna takes a look at Holy Cross Church in Seend... Holy Cross Church, is a Grade 1 listed church (in 1962), funded by

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