Coach Trips


In 2017 we plan to run 3 coach trips for members and friends. 

 Saturday April 8 2017 to "Who Do You Think You Are? Live" at NEC, Birmingham.

This will be the 3rd year the genealogy exhibition, billed as the largest UK event, will be held in Birmingham.  As well as stands from the commercial geneaology companies, national organisations - including National Archives and Society of Genealogists - and many county-based societies (including Wiltshire!) will be represented there.  Talks on various aspects of family history and by different experts and personalities are given throughout the day.

From NEC you can easily reach Central Birmingham by train if your preference is to visit the Library and its facilities or Birmingham's Art Gallery or shops

 Ticket prices:  coach fare: £21 per person.  Entry to WDYTYA show and show guide: £12 if booked with the coach trip.  The entry price we can offer saves £8-£12 on advertised rates

Saturday June 3 2017 - a further visit to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew.

TNA holds a wealth of historic documents collected from government sources over the centuries which are of great interest to family historians.  These include military records, legal records (including divorce cases and criminal records), transport and taxation.  TNA's Discovery catalogue lists their holdings (see 

If you wish to look at original records, you must hold a reader's ticket - see the website for details of obtaining one. 

However an increasing number of documents have been digitised and you can view them for free at TNA - including the 1939 Register.  The microfilm collection of parish records maintained by the London Family Search Centre (the new name for the London base of the Church of Latter Day Saints) currently housed at TNA  is due to close at the end of May 2017 - but the date may slip!  At TNA you will still be able to consult a growing online collection digital library of birth, marriage and burial records made by the LDS from their microfilms). - see their blog for updated information

If you are thinking of joining us but friends or family aren't into family history research, there are other museums in the area, as well as Kew Gardens which they can visit - or travel up to London by tube or train for the day.

 Ticket price: £21 per person

Saturday Oct 7 2017 - Imperial War Museum, Lambeth

An opportunity to visit the museum and its displays and information, particularly during this period commemorating the Great War. see

IWM is close by Elephant and Castle tube station, so those not wanting to visit here can easily access central London.  Other venues close by: The Garden Museum, Tate Britain

 Ticket price: £22.50 per person

 Pick up points and times for all trips:  Westbury (6.30am), Devizes (7.00am) , Chippenham (7.30am) and Swindon (8.00am) .  A 15 minute comfort break will be provided if required on the outward journey.

 For further information and booking , please contact either

Jenny Pope 16 Rowan Drive, Wootton Bassett SN4 7ES tel (01793) 852662, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Contact Jenny also for general enquiries; or

Cy Cutler, 18 Anglesey Mead, Pewsham, Chippenham SN15 3UB Tel: (01249) 655 469, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Refund Policy. The Society's policy on refunds for coach trips is that a refund will only be made when:

The Society and/or the coach company is unable, for whatever reason, to run the advertised visit. 

The person is unable to take part in the visit due entirely to unforeseen circumstances beyond their control e.g., their own indisposition or that of any immediate members of their family through death, sickness, ill-health, hospitalisation, or similar circumstance. 

In the event that neither of the above circumstances apply, a refund will only be considered if the resulting vacant seat or seats can be resold by the Society without any financial loss being incurred by the Society. 

The Executive Committee appointed Jenny Pope, Coach Organiser, to act as its arbiter in any dispute concerning a refund under the above policy.

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