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Workhouses, Prisons and Asylums

Workhouses, prisons and asylums could be very grim places – they conjure up images of Oliver Twist, hard labour and ice baths. They could also be very un-Dickensian: some workhouses even gave tobacco to their inmates or paid for the men to be shaved by a barber. The records of these institutions can give you an invaluable ...more

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Victory is Here! VE Day in Wiltshire

VE Day and the aftermath of the Second World War marked the beginning of a huge period of change across the country, from ‘slum’ clearances and ambitious building programmes to the beginnings of the permissive society and sweeping social change. This talk will introduce you to how these issues affected Wiltshire and ...more

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Catsbrain, Breakheart and Labour-in-vain: The Hidden His...

Have you ever looked at the names on signposts or on a map and wondered what they meant? Place names have been called ‘signposts to the past’ and they can reveal a surprising amount of information. This talk will help you interpret the names you see around you and shares the hidden meanings of some of Wiltshire’s ...more

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Meet the Local Studies Librarian

Meet the Local Studies Librarian

Join County Local Studies Librarian Julie Davis for an introductory hands-on explore of the Local Studies collection at Devizes Library. Ask questions, find out about Julie’s personal favourites and locate useful items for local, family and house history. Discover the library’s history gems and become more confident about navigating and accessing this wonderful collection. Free. more

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Cheese Making in Wiltshire – With Tasting Session!

Wiltshire is known as the county of Chalk and Cheese, and is well-known for its cheese and dairy industries. We are celebrating Local History Month this year with local cheese maker Ceri Cryer who has revived the traditional Wiltshire Loaf, a semi-hard cheese popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, which she makes at the ...more

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Plagues and Pestilence: Edward Jenner and the Smallpox V...

“The smallpox has gone out of late, perhaps it may be followed by the great”, so wrote Byron in the early 19th century. The great pox, syphilis, has sadly not followed the disappearance of smallpox, but smallpox has been virtually eliminated. This lecture by Dr Tim Mason (University of Portsmouth) follows the history ...more

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