In this issue
Well, Wiltshire Life has reached the grand old age of 70 and exactly to the month of our first-ever issue, here is our celebratory souvenir issue – bigger, better and more beautiful than ever before.
Inside we look back through 70 years with a special section called Seven Decades, Seven Stories. From the 'secret' underground city near Corsham to the reintroduction of the great bustard, we take you on a trip down memory lane.
We also take a look at other Wiltshire landmark anniversaries. Stonehenge and Avebury celebrate 30 years of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while anthropologist Desmond Morris looks back at a painting he completed in August 1946 of his soon-to-be famous girlfriend from Swindon. Can you guess who it is?
Elsewhere in the magazine, we investigate the issue of Avebury's wishing tree – magical or a blot on the landscape?, while Wiltshire Wildlife Trust informs us of the losses and gains in flora and fauna over 70 years. Plus Michael Marshman wanders through the Nadder Valley villages and Sue Long finds Devizes in celebratory mood.
There's lots more to read, including an interview with Lord Joel Joffe, the defence counsel for Nelson Mandela, and a chat with a couple who choose to live in the 1940s.
We hope you enjoy this issue. Here's to the next 70 years!
From the editor
The September 2016 issue is our souvenir 70th anniversary issue. Wiltshire Life was first published in 1946, and through the decades life has been eventful. Read ‘Seven Decades, Seven Stories’ for a quick run through of some of the most impactful events of the last 70 years; you can also discover how Wiltshire’s wildlife has fared over that time. From anthropologist Desmond Morris’s early crush on Swindon siren Diana Dors to the chance to find out more about Lord and Lady Weymouth, who have taken over at Longleat, this issue is a treat. What is most important for me, however, is the in-depth interview with the late Lord Joel Joffe, who was Nelson Mandela’s defence counsel. Lord Joffe died in June 2017 and this piece is a poignant reminder of how great this Wiltshireman was… Claire Waring, Editor, Wiltshire Life