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WHAT'S ON IN CRICKLADE.   Updated 3rd October 2017

To find out what's going on in Cricklade during October 2017 Click Here.

LIFTING THE ROOF ON ST. MARY'S.    Updated 21st September 2017

We are excited to announce that Dr Jonathan Foyle is coming to Purton on Thursday 9th November to speak at St Mary’s Church, Church End SN5 4EB from 7.30 pm.
Jonathan is an award winning presenter of history programmes on television.  His programmes include Climbing Great Buildings, Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer, People’s Palaces: Civic Architecture in the North and Hidden House Histories.  He has even appeared on the One Show!
If history is not really your thing, just come to be entertained.  The University of Cambridge International Summer Schools describe his talks as follows: ‘Excellent preparation, command of subject, fun, good use of media, very professional, good pace and extremely interesting content.’
We have invited him to speak on ‘Lifting the Roof on St Mary’s: Medieval Meaning and Construction’.  We are currently having repair work done on the roof and the talk will take the opportunity of the exposed skeleton of the roof to understand more about how and why St Mary’s was built as it is.  This special meeting has been organised to help us raise funds for the repair by increasing your understanding of the church and its importance.
Jonathan is uniquely qualified to teach us about the architecture of St Mary’s as the author of books on church architecture: Lincoln Cathedral: The Biography of a Great Building and Architecture of Canterbury Cathedral.
Free tickets are available for this event on at  Just search for Dr J Foyle once you’re logged in.  Tickets will also be available on the door.


Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - October Events

Below is a list of the events the History Centre are running in 2017. For further information please call 01249 705500.

Please note not all these events are being held at the History Centre. Please see individual events for location and price details.

Thursday 12th October, 2pm-4pm
Conservation roadshow
Come and talk to our 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 see if our conservators can give you hints and tips for cleaning without damage or a quote to get them repaired.
Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre -Price: FREE – please book a place
Tickets: please phone 01249 705500 or email
Friday 13th October 2017, 2:30pm
Wiltshire Montagus and the Revolutionary Wars
Join Tony for a look at the part played by the Montagus of Lackham in the Revolutionary Wars
Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - Price: £3
Tickets: please phone 01249 705500 or email
Saturday 21st October 2017, 10am-4pm
Imagine Creative Writing Workshops: Life Writing Masterclass with Alison Knight and Jenny Kane
Turn your experiences into fiction! Suitable for beginners and established writers who want to give their imagination a workout
Location: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - Price: £50
Tickets: please phone 01249 705500 or email





Salisbury Museum will shortly be opening their next major exhibition 'Terry Pratchett: His World’'  

The exhibition opens on 16 September and runs until 13 January 2018.
For more information contact 
Louise Tunnard, Marketing & Admin Officer
The Salisbury Museum Tel: 01722 332151  Updated 31st August 2017.


PURTON CHURCHES TOGETHER    Updated 30th August 2017

Click Here to see events that have been organised by Purton Churches Together.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY     Updated 5th July 2017

Purton Parish Council wishes to actively engage with the community on all levels and is therefore creating an opportunity for residents to speak to Councillors on a one to one basis.
Come along for a coffee and slice of cake on Saturday 2nd December 2017. From 10am-12noon at Purton Village Hall, Station Road, Purton.


The link below will let you view books that are being added to the Wiltshire Collection at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.     Updated 20th July 2017


Are you over 50 and looking to return to work, voluntary work, or further education?
We have a range of courses and qualifications for you and best of all they could be FREE!
You will also have support throughout your journey. To find out more contact Tina Hiscock on either 07585326235 or
*Subject to eligibility i.e 50yrs or over, Not in paid employment, UK resident, living in Wiltshire.


Whether you're looking to improve your skills to get a job or wanting to get back into learning, now is the time to do what you want to do and get where you want to be! We can help you build your qualifications for FREE* and help you to find employment & work experience. Call Jade Liddiard 07585998872 or email for more details.
Our Your Time team can support you in Chippenham, Salisbury, Swindon and Trowbridge *Subject to eligibility i.e 16-24 not in education, employment or training.

PURTON CARNIVAL 2017.  Updated 31st March 2017

To find out the events that have been organised by Purton Carnival for 2017 Click Here


Click Here for Wiltshire List from Local Studies here at the History Centre, detailing newly acquired publications and photographs in the library and photographic collection.  Updated 10th April 2017.


Purton is fortunate to have a thriving Historical Society which holds meetings every month in the Village Hall, on a Thursday evening commencing at 7.30pm.
Our programme for the remainder of 2017 is as follows:

26th October - Speaker Martin Way - Cotswold Wool Trade & Shepherding.
23rd November - Speaker - Martin Collinson - Agincourt.
1st December - Annual Christmas Social - Venue Silver Threads Hall.
Visitors are very welcome to our meetings and the small charge of £3 will be made.


Purton Historical Society are the trustees for the Museum which is situated above the Library in the Institute building next to the Village Hall. The Museum has been closed for winter but will re-open on Saturday 1st April with many new displays with particular reference to the village of Purton. Opening Hours are Wednesday - 2pm until 5pm. Saturday 10am until 12.30pm.
Information from our Curator - Beth Farnham 07412 659434.



To find out about all the great things that there are to do in Wiltshire, Follow this Link 



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