history museums in Wiltshire
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Wiltshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Wiltshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Wiltshire Museums and Galleries

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The Shires, Court Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AT
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The Museum tells the story of a thousand years of the history of Wiltshire’s County Town, from its Saxon estate, Medieval Castle and as the centre of West of England woollen cloth production in the industrial period.

Visit the Medieval Castle area, glimpse what life was like in Trowbridge during the Middle Ages and meet formidable Magna Carta Baron – Sir Henry De Bohun.

Why not dress up as medieval character and get your picture snapped in the selfie booth? Or practise being a knight and see some fearsome weaponry!

Housed in a former woollen cloth mill, there are plenty of interactive exhibits for all ages to enjoy, a mouse hunt and regular temporary exhibitions.
Tel: 01225 751339    Fax: 01225 754608
E-mail: hannah.lyddy@trowbridge.gov.uk
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58 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EX
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The Museum showcases the service to sovereign and country from 1743 to the present day of the men of Berkshire and Wiltshire, with highlights of the actions of the regiments and individuals. Throughout there are illustrations of great bravery, valour and sometimes heroism, this is the story of the infantryman from the Seven Years War to the present day.

The Museum is continuing to mark the centenary of major events in the Great War. In 2017 there is a special exhibition on the Battle of Gaza where men from the Wiltshire Regiment fought.

Afterwards why not visit Bernieres Restaurant, housed in a restored 16th century coach house, for a lunch of home-cooked food or for coffee or tea and cakes, or picnic in our gardens.
Tel: 01722 419419
E-mail: curator@thewardrobe.org.uk
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The King's House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EN

Award winning galleries from Stonehenge to modern day. The Monkton Deverill gold torc, and the famous Warminster Jewel. Displays include Early Man; the Romans and Saxons; history of Old Sarum and Salisbury (with the renowned Giant and Hob Nob); the Pitt Rivers collection; pottery, porcelain and Wedgwood in beautiful 17th century rooms; a pre-NHS surgery, costume, lace and embroidery. There are pictures, including Turner watercolours, throughout the Museum. Special exhibitions all year. Season tickets and membership benefits available. A friendly museum in a splendid Grade 1 Listed building. Designated as having archaeology collections of national importance.
Tel: 01722 332151    Fax: 01722 325611
E-mail: museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk
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Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village

Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2LG
Tel: 01249 730459 (Museum) 01249 730227 (Group/Tours) 01985 843601 (Box office)
: lacockabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lacock Abbey Photo © Stuart Cankett
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Photo: Stuart Cankett CCL


Founded in 1232 and converted into a country house c.1540, the fine medieval cloisters, sacristy, chapter house and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. The handsome 16th-century stable courtyard has half-timbered gables, a clock house, brewery and Bakehouse.

The Victorian woodland garden boasts a fine display of spring flowers, magnificent trees, an 18th-century summer house, Victorian rose garden and newly restored botanic garden

The Photographic Museum commemorates the achievements of a former resident of the Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77), inventor of the negative/positive photographic process. The village dates from the 13th century and was used as a location in the TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice, Moll Flanders and Emma. The Abbey also featured in the recent Harry Potter films.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Athelstan Museum

Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ
Tel: 01666 829258     E-mail: admin@athelstan-museum.org.uk

The museum is within the Town Hall. The exhibits of local history include coins minted in Malmesbury, costume, lace-making display, an early fire engine, an early tricycle, and collections of early drawings of the town by Thomas Girtin, Thomas Hearne and Luke Sullivan. There is also a collection of photographs of Malmesbury and the branch railway.

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Bradford-on-Avon Museum

Tel: 01225 865797

The museum, which displays the natural and human heritage of the town, is situated on the first floor of the town library. Its main exhibit is an old pharmacy shop that has been lovingly rebuilt after 120 years of service.

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Mere Museum - WW Data

Barton Lane, Church Street, Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 6JA
Tel: 01747 861444     E-mail: curator@meremuseum.fsnet.co.uk

Displays of local history and items of general interest which change at approximately 3-monthly intervals. A pictorial map of Mere (of which small copies are available) and display panels on "Mere in the 20th century" are permanent displays.

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Warminster Dewey Museum

Warminster Library, Three Horseshoes Mall, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9BT
Tel: 01985 216022

Exhibition of the local history of Warminster and the surrounding district, including the Manley collection of fossils.

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