New community display: Arts Together inspired by Thomas Hardy

Choice and Circumstance – A ‘Tess of the d’Ubervilles’ Community Project with Arts Together   The Melksham branch of local charity Arts Together have been busy creating artworks inspired by one of Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy’s most famous female character, which will on show at Wiltshire Museum during

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Oral History Project Update

Hear how our Bath Spa University placement student, Helen, is getting on... Hello! So, Linda and I have been at placement at Wiltshire Museum for two months now. Since we have been here, we have created a banner which you can now see on the front of the Assize Court

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Major exhibition of Thomas Hardy objects opens to the public at Wiltshire Museum

The largest collection of Thomas Hardy objects ever displayed at one time opens this week (28 May). Hardy’s Wessex: The Landscapes that Inspired a Writer is a ground-breaking exhibition which spans four museums in Wiltshire and Dorset, including Wiltshire Museum in Devizes. Across the four venues, the exhibition tells the

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Creating a Sensory Map for the Museum

Our Museum Assistant, Bethany, discusses her work and research into making museums more autism-friendly. "As part of Autism Acceptance Week (28th March – 3rd April), I decided to look into different ways to make the museum more ‘autism-friendly’. As an autistic person myself, I can understand different reasons as to

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What happens in an oral history interview?

Hear from Linda, one of our two Bath Spa University Placement students, on how the Voices of the Assizes oral history project is going. I have now completed my first interview for the ‘Voices of the Assize Project’, and I was definitely more nervous than my interviewee! But it all

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Welcome to our Bath Spa University Placements

Hello to Linda and Helen! Who are joining us as part of the Voices for the Devizes Assize Court project. We are delighted to have two Bath Spa University students with us over the next few months. They will be working on the Voice of the Devizes Assize Court project

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Students turn Assize Court into Virtual Reality

Explore plans for the Devizes Assize Court, virtually! Students at Lavington School, as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, have been working with Wiltshire Museum and 3D Model Designer Sophie Russell to transform the Devizes Assize Court into a digital model. Using initial architect plans for the building’s redevelopment,

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World of Stonehenge: British Museum and Wiltshire Museum

Important objects loaned by the Wiltshire Museum are in pride of place at the British Museum ‘World of Stonehenge’ exhibition, which runs 17 February until 17 July 2022. In return, the British Museum have loaned us objects never before displayed in Wiltshire.

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The Great Wiltshire Storm of 1859

I shall offer no apology to the members our of our Society for bringing them a detailed account of a terrific hurricane, of unprecedented violence in this county, I believe.. With storm Eurnice battering the South of England on the 18th February 2022, we thought we would take a timely

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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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