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Dan Cruickshank

On the 11th December TV presenter and art historian Dan Cruickshank came to the History Centre to give a talk on Avebury and South Wraxall Manors.  Dorothy Treasure did the initial study on Avebury Manor when the National Trust first purchased it in the mid-90s.  She had a lively exchange of views with Dan on the day.

Dan with Dorothy

Would you like to become a volunteer?

We are seeking new volunteers to join our team who are making a record of Wiltshire’s historic farm buildings. You can find out more details about the Farmstead Project on our project page. For further information contact Alan Wadsworth on email: or tel: 01380 859052

New Treasurer

We welcome our new Treasurer Clive Henly, who will be taking over from Geoff Browning in 2015. We wish Geoff well on his move to pastures new.  

AGM 4th July 2015 and Private Tour of Avebury Manor

Our AGM was held on Saturday 4th July, 3.30pm at The Study Centre, Avebury.  This was followed  by a private tour of Avebury Manor with National Trust Curator Dr Rosamund Cleal F.S.A. M.C.I.f.A.  This was an exciting opportunity to explore with experts and view spaces not normally open to the public.   

Study Day

Saturday 17th October 2015, People and Places

The 2015 Study Day People and Places provided another informative and enjoyable event.  Over 100 people were entertained by four superb speakers, who provided an insight into the fascinating lives of people who built their houses and farmsteads.  We learnt how their life stories can give us a deeper understanding of buildings.  

AGM 2nd July 2016 and tour around the Old Bishop’s Palace

The 2016 AGM was held at Salisbury and South Wilts Museum, a Grade I Listed building in the Cathedral Close, formerly known as ‘The King’s House’.  After the meeting we were treated to an interesting and informative tour of the Old Bishop’s Palace from its grounds by Tim Tatton-Brown, former consultant archaeologist to the Cathedral.

Find out about what we have been doing recently and learn about some of our discoveries.  Click on the picture of Dorothy for her Blog.

Dorothy’s Blog

Study Day

Saturday 15th October 2016  

If the Walls Could Talk

We were privileged to host yet again a hugely successful event attended by audience in excess of 100 people.  Six eloquent speakers examined the way we can learn from the physical clues buildings leave us about their often chequered history.  If those walls could really talk, what would they tell us?

Members looking at ‘The King’s House’ (Salisbury Museum) after the 2016 AGM

Wiltshire Almshouses and their Founders by Sally Thomson, £10.50

Hot off the press! Now available is Sally Thomson’s fascinating book on the history of Almshouses in Wiltshire. The 1st comprehensive study of Almshouses in the county. Many of these buildings display fabulous architecture, and some have very early origins.  The 248 page book is well researched, packed with information and has 250 beautiful illustrations.  The stories of their charitable founders are a treat.  Click here for details.  This is WBR’s most recent publication.  See Publications page for more WBR books.

Latest News and Events

AGM Saturday 15th July 2017 2pm, and tour of Great Chalfield Manor

AGM Saturday 15th July 2017 2pm, and tour of Great Chalfield Manor

Members and guests are warmly invited to attend our 37th AGM at Great Chalfield Manor, Grade I moated stone house of c.1465-80.  After the meeting we will be treated to a personal tour by Robert Floyd, as well as Paul Jack, specialist on the work of Architect, Sir Harold Brakspear.  This is a unique chance to learn more about the detail of this house, with those who know it intimately.  Please let us know if you are planning to attend the tour as numbers are limited.   

Study Day - Saturday 28th October 2017 - Inns, Alehouses and Taverns

This year we will be looking at the undeniably intoxicating subject of places for drinking and hospitality.  Book early.  Our study days are open to members, professionals and the public.  For speakers and talks

click here.

Dated Features Project

Do you like taking photos?  Why not get involved in our new project recording date stones and other dated features?  To find out more about the project click here.

Enriching the List

WBR has been invited by Historic England to take part in an exciting new initiative to help make the online list of listed buildings more up to date and relevant.  In recent weeks WBR volunteers have been searching through our archives looking for interesting historical facts about Wiltshire’s listed buildings to upload on to Historic England’s Enrich the List website.  Volunteer Kylie Coles told us, “I’ve loved working on this.  It’s been absolutely fascinating delving into WBR records and discovering so much detail about individual buildings.  I never knew we had collected so much diverse material over the years: it’s staggering, and this project has provided a great opportunity to share it.”  To learn more about Enrich the List and find out how you might be able to make your own contribution click here.

New Lifetime Membership

Becoming a Lifetime member is satisfying way to make a substantial difference to WBR resources. We urge you to give it serious consideration.  Your extra support will be warmly received.  For membership form click here.

New Student Membership

Students can now join WBR at a reduced annual fee of £5.  Open to anyone undertaking full or part-time courses.  Students can find opportunities with WBR to be very rewarding.  Please encourage anyone you know who is interested to contact us for a dedicated student membership form.