Devizes

 

We have returned to our usual venue at the Nursteed Centre   

The Devizes Branch regular meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm, with some meetings on Zoom.   See below for details of the venue and any changes.  Everyone is welcome, and there is no charge.   Please keep an eye on this page for any changes.  

Tuesday 18 January - by Zoom:  Introducing the 1921 Census of England & Wales - a presentation by Mary McKee of FindmyPast who has been with the project from the start.  Along with the historical context, tips for effective searching and using it to trace elusive relatives, we'll learn how the 1921 Census will help us to understand our ancestors’ lives better - and our own.    If you are not on our regular mailing list, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are unable to attend the above talk, please note that other talks about the 1921 Census are being given by FindMypast specialists on Zoom to Westbury (27 Jan) and Swindon (10 Feb) branches. See their Branch pages for more information.

Tuesday 15 February - at the Nursteed Centre: Steve Hobbs, popular historian and former County Archivist, will provide fascinating details of life in 19th Century Wiltshire through depositions relating to criminal cases brought before the Quarter sessions.

Tuesday 15 March - at the Nursteed Centre: Members' Evening - to be confirmed

Tuesday 19 April - at the Nursteed Centre: Dr Penny Walters is well known for her wide-ranging knowledge of most things to do with family history and will talk about Irish Heritage. This talk looks at the information that is available to about 70 million people claim Irish heritage. 

Tuesday 17 May - at the Nursteed Centre:  Julie Davis is the Local Studies at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.  She will talk about John Aubrey who is particularly noted for his systematic examination of the Avebury henge monument. 

Tuesday 21 June - on Zoom and at the Nursteed Centre: the speaker will be Jenny Mallin

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Recent meeting - 7 December 2021 - our Christmas Social at the Nursteed Centre with, of course, our popular annual quiz. 

Recent meeting - 16 November 2021 - respected local historian and author Mike Stone told The Story of Food in North Wiltshire, 1660 – 1960.  The presentation looked at the story of milk, butter, cheese and allied industries which grew on the back of farming in North Wiltshire.

Recent meeting  - 19 October 2021 - Members' Evening at the Nursteed Centre for informal sharing of research, ideas and questions.

Recent meeting  -  21 September 2021 - our first Branch meeting back at the Nursteed Centre - John Craig - the History of Fire Fighting Part2 (World War 2 to Grenfell Tower).  John, a former Chief Fire Officer for Wiltshire, continued the story of fire fighting.  

The Nursteed Centre - our usual meeting place

Swindon

Meetings: Nursteed Centre, Nursteed Road, Devizes SN10 3AH, (Click for map)  first and third Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm

Access: 800 yards along A342 towards Andover: signed on the right by the pedestrian crossing.
Contact: Branch Chairman David Weaver on 01380 723191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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