Monday, 30 November 2009

Book launch - Tues 1 Dec - come along

The launch for the new book by Matthew McMurray on Samuel Powell's House - no 8 Long Street - is being held at the Museum at 7pm on Tuesday 1st December. Come along and meet the author, and get your copy signed!

For more information or to order your copy, see the page on the Museum website.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Recording memories of Wiltshire in WWII

As part of the Museums major winter exhibition, On the Home Front: Wiltshire in World War II, the Curator is organising several oral history days, where members of the public are invited to share their memories of the Home Front in Wiltshire with the Museum.

he interviews will be recorded by Barbara Gibson, an experienced oral history interviewer, and some of them will be uploaded on to a touchscreen in the art gallery for everyone to listen to. Already booked in for interview is an old member of the Devizes Home Guard and a former female Spitfire pilot!

If you would like to share your memories of the Home Front in Wiltshire with the Museum as part of our oral history project then please contact the Curator on 01380 727369 or email'

The dates set for the oral history interviews are 17 December, 7 January and 15 January.

The exhibition is supported by the being supported through "Their Past Your Future Phase 2 Programme"

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Wiltshire and the Vikings lecture sold out!

The Wiltshire and the Vikings lecture by Andrew Reynolds is now fully booked.

Devizes' insporation for Horatio Hornblower

We are about to publish a book about Samuel Powell's House (no 8 Long Street). One of the people who lived there was Admiral Joseph Needham Tayler, whose life during the Napoleanic Wars was once of the inspirations for C S Forester's Horatio Hornblower. The book is published on 1 December, but you can order your copy now at a special pre-publication price of just £10.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Stonehenge Visitor Centre on the way to £5m HLF funding

Congratulations to English Heritage on the news carried by Culture24 that the HLF have awarded a Stage 1 Pass for a £5m application by English Heritage towards the Stonehenge Visitor Centre. The next stage is for them to develop more detailed plans and submit a Stage 2 application.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Web2.0 Training

We are delighted to welcome colleagues to our training course today on Web 2.0. The course is bEing run by UKOLN, with support from the SW Museums Federation, and with funding from Renaissance South West.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Stonehenge Project Reseach Assistant

BAJR has just listed a job advert by English Heritage for a Research Assistant - Stonehenge Project. It hasn't yet appeared on the EH webpages ...

Museum featured in Parliament

The partnership between English Heritage, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Heritage Museum featured in a parliamentary question on Monday. Robert Key, MP for Salisbury, asked Ben Bradshaw, the Culture Minister, about funding for the museums in conjunction with the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. The video of the questions is now online.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Michael Ancram's favourite museum!

After he opened our new WW2 exhibition, Devizes MP Michael Ancram wrote in our visitors book that we are his favourite museum!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Library on the Politics Show!

As part of a background piece on the new Conservative candidate for Devizes, Claire Perry, the BBC Politics Show filmed a portrait and election for Wadham Locke, the Parlaimentary candidate in 1832. It should be on the TV at lunchtime on Sunday!