×We are now starting to re-open our Library and Archive. Please see the update below.

Library and Archive

Update: 16 April 2022
The Archive and Library is reopening in April after more than two years of being closed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are working through a backlog of donations and acquisitions before we have the desk space available for researchers.

Initially, priority will be given to those researchers who have already been in touch during the Pandemic, who are being contacted directly.

All visiting researchers will need to book their visit in advance and discuss what they wish to view beforehand with the Archive & Library team. Research visits will initially be on Tuesdays only as we adjust to new ways of working. Once these existing researchers have completed their visits, we will be able to welcome new researchers and will include a booking link on this website page.

All visiting researchers will be expected to follow the COVID restrictions in place at the time. This is likely to include the wearing of masks and social distancing as there is very little air circulation in the library.

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.

Contact

Please email archive@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk, or telephone 01380 727369.


Pre-Covid Opening Hours
Tuesday: 10.15am-4pm
Wednesday: 10.15am-4pm
Thursday: 10.15am-4pm
Friday: 10.15am-4pm
Saturday: 1st Saturday of the month: by appointment only - please arrange at least one week in advance.
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: CLOSED
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. Follow the links below (opens new window)
Search the Document Catalogue
Search the Photograph Catalogue
Search the Journal Catalogue (PDF document).
Search the Newspapers (PDF document).
Search the Printed books and tracts

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.

Collections
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.

Registration
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.

Charges
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.

Collections highlights

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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Map of Wiltshire – John Speed

Our Archive and Library houses an intricate 1610 map of Wiltshire by famous cartographer John Speed (1552-1629). Speed's visually impressive maps of both county and

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