Arts and heritage, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

The Wiltshire and Swindon History centre has published its latest newsletter. The following give a flavour of how the heritage service continues to make links with arts and creativity.

Engaging with the archives:

We’ve previously highlighted ARTeology, an artist participation project that invites contemporary artists to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collection as a catalyst for new work, inspired by the county’s creative and artisan heritage. The group are exhibiting the results of their journey at the Manger Barn, Lacock from 6 to 9 April 2018, 10am to 5.30pm and later in October 2018 at Chippenham Museum.

Students from Wiltshire College have used the archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre as a stimulus to creating artwork. They explored the concept of archiving and created pieces that reflected aspects of Wiltshire’s heritage. The resulting artworks are currently exhibiting at the centre. Ruth Butler from the centre’s heritage education service talks more about this in this blog.


  • Cleaning the Artist’s Palette of Clifford Ellis – Thurs 15 Feb 2018, 10.30am
    A talk on our conservation of the oil paint palette of the artist Clifford Ellis with Gabby Flexer, Conservator
  • Literary Wiltshire: Writers in the Archives – Tues 13 March 2018, 10.30am
    Find out more about Wiltshire’s literary connections with Principal Archivist Claire Skinner.

Admission is £3.00. Please call to book on 01249 705500

Visit the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website for its full programme

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