​In August there’s a packed programme of events at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15 3QN, including a talk on how to use the centre to research your family history.

To book tickets or for more info, call 01249 705500 or email localstudies@wiltshire.gov.uk unless otherwise stated below.

Tuesday August 8, 10.30am

A beginner’s guide to researching family history; a talk by Ally McConnell

If you’re new to family history research, or want to see what else is out there, join archivist Ally McConnell for a look at what the History Centre can offer and how best to research your family history. The talk will conclude with a tour of the searchroom.

Location: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Price: £3

Conservation Roadshow

Thursday August 10, 2pm-4pm

Talk to expert conservators to find out how to look after your precious family keepsakes, photographs and treasures.

Get advice on the best materials and techniques to care for your items at home and when to seek help from an expert.

If you have items in need of a little TLC the conservators may be able to give you tips for cleaning them without damage or a quote to get them repaired.

Location: Salisbury Library

Price: free; drop-ins welcome

Public Art Project workshop with Julie Davis

Monday August 14, 6pm-7pm – Malmesbury Library

Tuesday August 15, 6pm-7pm – Salisbury Library

Monday August 21, 6pm-7pm – Corsham Library

A project to locate, record and photograph public art, namely artwork made by an artist, arts practitioner or craftsperson and located in publicly accessible spaces and places in Wiltshire. Public artworks are vulnerable to change, whether it be through environmental damage or vandalism, or through redevelopment of an area in or around it. At present very little is known about the whereabouts and extent of public art in the County.

Attend a workshop to find out how you can get involved.

Location: Malmesbury Library

Price: Free

Tickets: Eventbrite: https://creativewiltshire.com/get-involved/

The Penruddock Royalist Uprising; a talk by Ruth Butler

Tuesday August 29, 2.30pm

Join the education officer for a look at the Penruddock Royalist uprising. Discover more about Cromwell, plots and secret societies.

Location: Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Price: £3