Tuesday, 31 January 2012

AFG activity Saturday 4 February

Robert Skinner will talk to the AFG on the subject of the West Woods Environs Project, at Wiltshire Heritage Museum on Saturday 4 February at Wiltshire Heritage Museum, starting at 10.30am.

Following that will be a sorting and recording from the 2011 digs.

Everyone welcome.

See the Moot list below (as at 30 January), there are still gaps, any volunteers? As usual any mistakes in the list, please let me know.

Moot Site, Remarks

1, Bishops Cannings,
2, Alderbury,
3, Amesbury, Done
4, Blagrove,
5, Bradford,
6, Branchbury, Complete – No identification possible
7, Cadworth,
8, Calne, Complete
9, Cawdon,
10, Chippenham, In hand but looking as not poss?
11, Cicementone, In hand
12, Cricklade,
13, Damerham, In hand
14, Dolesfield, Complete – No identification possible
15, Downton, In hand
16, Dunley,
17, Dunworth, Complete
18, Elstub, Done Panorama Req
19, Frustfield, Done
20, Heytesbury, Complete
21, Highworth, Complete
22, Kingsbridge, Complete
23, Kinwardstone,
24, Melksham,
25, Mere, Complete
26, Ramsbury,
27, Rowborough,
28, Scipa, Complete
29, Selkley,
30, Staple,
31, Startley, Inhand
32, Stowford, Complete
33, Studfold,
34, Swanborough, Complete – req writing up
35, Thorngrove, Complete
36, Thornhill, Complete – No identification possible
37, Warminster, Complete
38, Westbury, Complete
39, Whorwellsdown, Complete
40, Wonderditch.


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Museum closed for spring-clean!

The museum will be closed from Monday 29 January to allow us to spring-clean! We will also have the answermachine on for most of the day, so that we can get on with cleaning and tidying. If people have come a long way, then we will do our best to make sure that they can see the museum and find out what is in our archive and library. We will be open at the weekend!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Historic Buildings in Wiltshire

This Saturday - a lecture by Colin Johns at Wiltshire Heritage Museum.

The Restoration of Historic Buildings in Wiltshire is the full title of the lecture by Colin, who is architect and architectural adviser to the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust. Saturday 28 January 2012.

Lectures start at 2.30pm and last approx. one hour. Tickets cost £6 from the Museum (£3.50 for WANHS members. Contact us by e-mail, telephone 01380 727369, or book on-line via our website: www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/events.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Museum Spring-clean

We will be undertaking our Spring-clean in the week of 30 January - 3 February, and the Museum and Library will not be open. As we will be hard at work behind the scenes, the answerphone will also be switched on for much of the time. Although we will not be open, if people have travelled some distance, then we will do our best to help.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Interested in Volunteering?

Want to help at your local Museum and Library? Come along on Tuesday 24 January to find out more.

Volunteers are being sought to help run the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes. We are particularly looking for volunteers to help in the shop/reception at lunchtimes and weekends and to help with events, including refreshments. Other opportunities are also available.

Interested? Want to find out more? Then come along to Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Long Street, Devizes - just a short walk from the Market Place. Tuesday 24 January between 10.30am and 1pm.

If you are interested in helping but unable to attend, then please contact the Assistant Curator and Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Heather Ault via e-mail - h.ault@wiltshireheritage.org.uk or 01380 727369 (Monday to Wednesday).

Monday, 9 January 2012

A wall painting at Highworth Church, Wiltshire

Wednesday 11 January - a Lunchtime talk by Dr Ellie Pridgeon and Roger Rosewell. Starts 1.10pm and last approx. 45 minutes.

Treasures from the Archive: A Wall Painting at Highworth Church (Wiltshire) will describe the recent discovery of the Highworth mural tracing at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, and their subsequent research on Highworth Church.

During recent reorganisation at Wiltshire Heritage Museum, a 19th Century wall painting tracing depicting St Eloy came to light. This is a highly-significant discovery, not least because of the rarity of the tracings, and the fact that they provide a source for the lost 15th Century Highworth wall painting. Ellie and Roger will talk about the original function of the Highworth mural and provide a contextual overview of wall painting in Wiltshire.

Ellie is now Assistant Archivist at the Science Museum (London and Wroughton), but until recently was Archivist and Librarian at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum. She wrote her PhD on medieval wall paintings (2008).

Roger is author of the acclaimed Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches (Boydell and Brewer 2008). He is also editor of the on-line stained-glass journal Vidimus.

The two speakers have recently completed a collaborative article for the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine: Wiltshire Studies on the Highworth wall painting.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Story of Devizes - request for your memories

This Saturday - do you have any stories about Devizes and its history? Do you have any objects that are relevant to the Story of Devizes? Would you like to share your memories, or perhaps tell us why the town is important to you?

Then come along to the Museum between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday 14 January, Thursday 19 January or Thursday 26 January. Pre-booking not necessary - just come along.

If you are interested, but unable to attend any of these sessions, please contact the Assistant Curator, Kerry Nickels, on 01380 727369 or e-mail wanhs@wiltshireheritage.org.uk.

Further information is available on the Wiltshire Heritage Museum website - Story of Devizes.

Finds Sorting - beginners welcome

There is a finds sorting (beginners welcome) at Wiltshire Heritage Museum on Saturday 7 January at 10am. Shaun will also be there starting on the consolidation of the Moots project. All welcome, please pop in.