Friday, 29 October 2010


Enjoy an extra hour's sleep and then come along to our Victorian themed Family Day. 11am to 4pm this Sunday, 31 October.

The day is ideal for children who are studying the Victorians or old toys with lots of fun for everyone from crafts to costumes to role play.

* Victorian school lessons
* Washday activity
* Art and craft activities such as making peg dolls, paper quilling and decoupage
* Photos in costume
* Victorian toys and objects to handle and Victorian style toys to play with.

Staff will even be dressed in costume (borrowed from the Wharf Theatre)!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Half-term Family Fun

Halloween workshops and a Victorian themed Family Day are just two of the activities we have organised for the half-term week.

On Tuesday 26th we have Halloween themed activities for under 6s and on Wednesday 27th there are Norman adventures for the over 6s. Kaleidoscopes and colour is the theme for the activities on Thursday 28th. All workshops cost £3.50 per child and prior booking is essential. Visit our events page for more details -

Finally on Sunday 31st (just after the clocks go back so an extra hour in bed!) we have a Victorian themed Family Day from 11am to 4pm. There will be an opportunity to take part in a Victorian school leson, to have a photograph taken in costume or to try a Victorian craft activity such as making peg dolls, paper quilling and decoupage. In addition there will be washday items available to handle and Victorian style toys to play with. All this free for children and just £2.5o for adults.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Come and join our team as Membership Services Officer.

We are looking for someone to work with us on our Membership database, and to act as a contact point for our 1000+ members.

Initially the post is for 7 hours a week, starting in December. Scope to increase hours from April 2011. Pay: £8.08 per hour.

Download a job description and an application form.

Applications by 10am Friday 19 November.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Archive & Library Saturday Opening: Update

Please note that due to extensive refurbishment and reorganisation, the Archive & Library will be closed on Saturdays until November. We will advertise the new and permanent opening hours from the beginning of November. Please email / phone the Archivist & Librarian if you have any queries or would like to make an appointment to visit:

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Early Closing of Museum

The Museum will close early on Saturday 9 October at 3.45pm (last entry 3pm), to enable staff and volunteers to attend the lecture 'A Wheelbarrow full of surprises ... A re-evaluation of some early Bronze Age graves', which is being held at Devizes Town Hall at 4pm. Tickets are free for WANHS members, £5 for non-members - see the What's On section of our website for full details

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Major Changes to Archive & Library

The Archive & Library is currently undergoing major changes. These include the installation of roller racking (to improve preservation) in the Journal Store. As a result, opening hours may vary for the next few weeks. Please phone or email the Archivist & Librarian (Dr Ellie Pridgeon) before your visit (