Coach Trips


Coach trips for 2020

Updated information18 March 2020

Following on the advice issued by the government this week, I have cancelled the first of our proposed trips in 2020, to London Metropolitan Archives, planned to take place on Satrday 2nd May.

The remaining two trips, detailed below, are under review, subject to how the current crisis evolves and also whether either venue is open (at present both the Black Country Living Museum and the National Archives are closed).  For those members and friends who have expressed interest in either or both of these trips, I will contact you directly to advise nearer the time whether the trips will go ahead or have to be cancelled as well. 


Saturday 4th July 2020: Black Country Living Museum

The Black Country Living Museum is described as an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buidings.  But it is more than this:  it aims to tell the story of the industries that made the Black Country and were made by Black Country people, creating the world's first industrial landscape.  Apart from the actual buildings, there are industries at work, people and vehicles bringing history to life. 

For more information visit

Cost: Coach fare + appropriate entry charge. 

Coach:   £22 adults, £10 children.      Group entry rate to the Museum:  Adults: £15, Over 65: £13.50, Children under 16:  £8.25, Students, unwaged:  £12.50


Saturday 12th September 2020:The National Archives, Kew (TNA)

Our final trip is a return to TNA, the home of documents from Government sources since the early middle ages.  Many documents have been digitised and are available at TNA or through genealogy websites which can be accessed for free there.  TNA is (at the time of writing) still the temporary home of the London Family History Centre with their newly digitised images including ones only available at History Centres and not from home.

Don't forget, if you are planning to study original documents at TNA, you will need to register for a reader's ticket, and you are advised to order (at least some) documents in advance.  Further information from

If you prefer something more active, Kew Gardens is 10-15 minutes'walk away

Over the other side of Kew Bridge is the London Steam and Water Museum and the Music Museum, both worth a visit.

Cost: £26


  • Pick up points and times for all trips: 

      Westbury (6.30am)   Devizes (7.00am)   Chippenham (7.30am)   Swindon (8.00am)  

      A 15 minute comfort break will be made if required on the outward journey. 


  • Contact Jenny Pope by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone 01793852662 for general enquiries or to register your interest in any of these trips and for information about coach trips in general or to make comments or suggestions for future trips

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

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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