Project team for Assizes for Devizes!

Meet the Project team on the Assizes for Devizes: unlocking Wiltshire's stories! Nicola, Claire and Helen will be working on the Development Phase of the project which received funding of £300,748 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project aims to revitalise the derelict Devizes Assize Court as an iconic new

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Copies of the Trilithon newsletter.

New edition of Trilithon

We have just completed the mailing out of 1,000 copies of the new edition of our Trilithon newsletter, including details of our AGM and annual accounts. Copies should be arriving with our members over the next few days. You can download a low-res PDF of the newsletter from this link.

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Join our team!

Wiltshire Museum are currently recruiting for three posts, to start in early November 2023. In June we recieved exciting news that we have been awarded intial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop our plans to move the Museum to the currently derelict Devizes Assize Court. To help

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Banner with computer-generated view of the Assize Court and text - Bringing the Assize Court back to life! Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been awarded initial funding to develop our plans for the building.

Major step towards revitalising Devizes Assize Court as the new home of Wiltshire Museum

Major step towards revitalising Devizes Assize Court as the new home of Wiltshire Museum Wiltshire Museum has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an ambitious and exciting project ‘Assizes for Devizes: Unlocking Wiltshire’s Stories’.  Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to revitalise the

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Black and white photograph of a crowd of people in Devizes Market Place

How did Wiltshire celebrate past coronations?

Ahead of the coronation of Charles III this weekend, we have taken a look through our archive to see how Wiltshire has celebrated previous coronations. There are some real gems!

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3 yong people hanging a colourful banner onto a metal railing

Street Art Project unveiled at the Devizes Assize Court

Have you seen the new addition to the railings on the Devizes Assize Court? These banners are the culmination of a recent street art project we ran in conjunction with the Youth Justice Service and Emerald Team. Together, we worked with a group of young offenders, or those at risk

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Volunteer Amy wins a Devizes Civic Award

  Last week we were delighted to hear that one of our local Youth Panel members, Amy, was awarded the Bear Club Foundation Young Persons award at this year's Devizes Civic Awards. Amy was nominated for her work as part of our Youth Panel and her contribution to widening our

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A Museum volunteer opened the scrapbook by chance …

An Article in the 17 March 2023 edition of the Friend is about a rare document discovered in the Archive and Library collection by pure chance On 29 September 1699 two Quakers married in Bath: Thomas Rose and Mary Fry.  In 1861 their marriage certificate was sent to William Cunnington,

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First Wiltshire Treasure item to recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme

We were delighted to welcome Brent Pullen to the Museum last week to see a very special object within our collection - the first ever Wiltshire Treasure item to be recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme in 1996.   Brent was the finder of this lovely Medieval silver annular brooch.

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Grecian pediment of the Assize Court building

Assizes for Devizes Project – bid submitted to National Lottery Heritage Fund

We have now submitted our Stage 1 application to the National Lottery heritage Fund. If successful, next steps are working with our audiences and planning how the building will work. Result in early July. Stage 2 application in 2025. If successful, then we could be open in 2030. Working with

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