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Dandelion in 1817 Flora "Flora Sarisburiensis : a repository of English botany, both general and medical" by Henry Smith

Dandelion in 1817 Flora "Flora Sarisburiensis : a repository of English botany, both general and medical" by Henry Smith

End papers are one of the many joys of #oldbooks. This daffodil filled example is a favourite of ours at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

End papers are one of the many joys of #oldbooks. This daffodil filled example is a favourite of ours at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.

Handwritten exercises created and drawn by the International Association of Margaret Morris Movement found in papers of Lacock Abbey, mostly belonging to Matilda Talbot. Margaret Morris Movement still exists today and specialises in creative dance movement, particularly breathing techniques. Although the exercises are unfortunately undated, they were likely written around the 1930s. They contain breathing and movement exercises, and, wonderfully, also contain instructive diagrams. (WSA 2664)

Handwritten exercises created and drawn by the International Association of Margaret Morris Movement found in papers of Lacock Abbey, mostly belonging to Matilda Talbot. Margaret Morris Movement still exists today and specialises in creative dance movement, particularly breathing techniques. Although the exercises are unfortunately undated, they were likely written around the 1930s. They contain breathing and movement exercises, and, wonderfully, also contain instructive diagrams. (WSA 2664)

Naval signals. Document held in the Lacock Abbey collection at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (Collection Ref 2664)

Naval signals. Document held in the Lacock Abbey collection at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre (Collection Ref 2664)

Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn has often been described as “one of England’s leading Impressionists” due to his ability to capture variations in sunlight and shadow as well as a painterly style and a feel for colour that perfectly captured his subject. This is a section from "Stratford Tony, Wiltshire" acquired for Salisbury Museum by the Creative Wiltshire HLF project.

Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn has often been described as “one of England’s leading Impressionists” due to his ability to capture variations in sunlight and shadow as well as a painterly style and a feel for colour that perfectly captured his subject. This is a section from "Stratford Tony, Wiltshire" acquired for Salisbury Museum by the Creative Wiltshire HLF project.

Barbury Castle is one of the most impressive of the 35 hillforts we have in the Wiltshire and Swindon area, with panoramic views that take in the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of Pewsey. It dates to the Iron Age, constructed around 700 BC and likely continuously occupied until the mid 1st Century AD and the Roman Invasion.

Barbury Castle is one of the most impressive of the 35 hillforts we have in the Wiltshire and Swindon area, with panoramic views that take in the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of Pewsey. It dates to the Iron Age, constructed around 700 BC and likely continuously occupied until the mid 1st Century AD and the Roman Invasion.

See-saw marks on timber from King’s Arms in Downton, a former medieval pub. See-saw marks are the result of leaning a baulk of timber on a single trestle, standing on it and sawing down from the top to where it touches the trestle. The sawn end is brought down and the same process is repeated at the other end. The result is two different patterns of saw-marks at 45 degrees that meet in the middle. Likely to be earlier than 1530.

See-saw marks on timber from King’s Arms in Downton, a former medieval pub. See-saw marks are the result of leaning a baulk of timber on a single trestle, standing on it and sawing down from the top to where it touches the trestle. The sawn end is brought down and the same process is repeated at the other end. The result is two different patterns of saw-marks at 45 degrees that meet in the middle. Likely to be earlier than 1530.

What seems to be a Tudor Rose carved on the back of a timber found in property in High Street in Warminster - discovered to be a nearly complete 3-bay early 16th century timber-framed house. #architecture #research #VCH http://wshc.eu/blog/item/hidden-evidence-from-warminster.html

What seems to be a Tudor Rose carved on the back of a timber found in property in High Street in Warminster - discovered to be a nearly complete 3-bay early 16th century timber-framed house. #architecture #research #VCH http://wshc.eu/blog/item/hidden-evidence-from-warminster.html

The white horse at Cherhill. One of landscape photographer Robert Harvey's last use of traditional photography, and the farmer's last use of the round haybailer, 2005/6 https://creativewiltshire.com/2017/02/08/the-digital-camera-revolution/

The white horse at Cherhill. One of landscape photographer Robert Harvey's last use of traditional photography, and the farmer's last use of the round haybailer, 2005/6 https://creativewiltshire.com/2017/02/08/the-digital-camera-revolution/

A rare Visigoth brooch excavated from Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain by Operation Nightingale and Wessex Archaeology. It is shown before an after conservation work reveals its decorative copper alloy inlay. Conservation work undertaken by the Wiltshire Conservation & Museums Advisory Service.

A rare Visigoth brooch excavated from Barrow Clump on Salisbury Plain by Operation Nightingale and Wessex Archaeology. It is shown before an after conservation work reveals its decorative copper alloy inlay. Conservation work undertaken by the Wiltshire Conservation & Museums Advisory Service.

The artist's palette of Ken White.  This was collected by the HLF funded Creative Wiltshire project run by the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and reflects the idea of challenging what we are collecting by talking to an artist to gain their insight and learn about their ways of working. What better than the artist’s tool of a paint covered favourite palette to illustrate this creative process.

The artist's palette of Ken White. This was collected by the HLF funded Creative Wiltshire project run by the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and reflects the idea of challenging what we are collecting by talking to an artist to gain their insight and learn about their ways of working. What better than the artist’s tool of a paint covered favourite palette to illustrate this creative process.

The landscape and wildlife photographer Robert Harvey used this for an exhibition; it was taken back in 2005. Robert lives in Winterbourne Bassett and the Wiltshire landscape is a great inspiration. This image is one of 12, acquired for the WSHC's Photograph & Print Collection as part of Creative Wiltshire. You can view Robert's modern work at http://www.robertharvey.net/

The landscape and wildlife photographer Robert Harvey used this for an exhibition; it was taken back in 2005. Robert lives in Winterbourne Bassett and the Wiltshire landscape is a great inspiration. This image is one of 12, acquired for the WSHC's Photograph & Print Collection as part of Creative Wiltshire. You can view Robert's modern work at http://www.robertharvey.net/

Cley Hill near Warminster, one of the prominent Wiltshire hills said to have been created by the Devil. The legend goes that the Devil, in anger at the people of Devizes, collected a big hump of soil from Somerset to throw at the town. He enquired directions from an old man who gave him the answer "that is just what I want to know myself. I started for Devizes when my beard was black, and now it is grey & I haven't got there yet'. In frustration the Devil threw the earth away, forming Cley…

Cley Hill near Warminster, one of the prominent Wiltshire hills said to have been created by the Devil. The legend goes that the Devil, in anger at the people of Devizes, collected a big hump of soil from Somerset to throw at the town. He enquired directions from an old man who gave him the answer "that is just what I want to know myself. I started for Devizes when my beard was black, and now it is grey & I haven't got there yet'. In frustration the Devil threw the earth away, forming Cley…

In Landford is a field and farmhouse called Wicket's Green which is reputedly named for early cricket matches played there in the early 19th century.

In Landford is a field and farmhouse called Wicket's Green which is reputedly named for early cricket matches played there in the early century.

Marbled cover of reference book and map of that part of the Frome to Warminster branch of the proposed Bath and Weymouth Great Western Union Railway relating to the intended line of the railway across extra-parochial land between Corsley and Upton Scudamore. (WSHC ref 1179/28)

Marbled cover of reference book and map of that part of the Frome to Warminster branch of the proposed Bath and Weymouth Great Western Union Railway relating to the intended line of the railway across extra-parochial land between Corsley and Upton Scudamore. (WSHC ref 1179/28)

Wattle and daub wall at found during building work at Williton Railway Hotel indicating the building was older than had been thought. Newspaper clipping dated 1956. (WSHC ref 1075/001/402)

Wattle and daub wall at found during building work at Williton Railway Hotel indicating the building was older than had been thought. Newspaper clipping dated (WSHC ref