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Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

What do we offer?

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is the home of the Swindon archives, a unique collection of documents charting the history of the town and surrounding villages from the 12th century to the present day. We offer workshop sessions using original archive material delivered at the History Centre in Chippenham. Our outreach service and resource packs provide access to the archive for schools unable to visit the History Centre.

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre


We work with students from key stage 1 to ‘A’ level. We can support your local study and provide locally relevant resources to support many aspects of the curriculum including Romans, Victorians, First and Second World Wars. We have free online materials to support Black History and GCSE English listening and speaking. Many of our services are tailored to suit the requirements of the school, selecting those documents from the archive most relevant to their needs. 

School Feedback: 'It was a superb day and the children were buzzing about it all. The work in the classroom since has been most productive.' (Local history session)





Why choose us?

The archives contain millions of unique documents that can bring your local study to life and provide a powerful local connection to give national stories greater relevance. Letters, diaries, photographs, maps, newspapers, census returns, local directories and GWR records are just some of the documents used by schools to enhance learning. The archives can be used to uncover the lives of First World War soldiers from your area, discover life on the home front in the Second World War (including information on evacuees), trace the history of your school, explore life in your area in the Victorian period and much more.

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All our sessions are delivered by a qualified and experienced teacher with excellent knowledge of the collections and the use of archive material in teaching. Pupils are given the opportunity to use a range of primary sources to get a genuine experience of historical research.

School Feedback: 'You gave the students the sort of experience that we can’t and it adds so much to the battlefields trip in October.' (First World War research session)



What is provided free?

Teacher training courses are provided free of charge as are the online materials for Black History and GCSE English Speaking and Listening.  

What is chargeable?

There is a charge for all workshops and resource packs. 

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

The service is a one-off visit for part or all of a school day which is booked in advance directly with, and confirmed by the venue.  


Contact point 

Ruth Butler, Heritage Education Officer
Telephone:     01249 705529