Creative Wiltshire

Creative Wiltshire is a project which is running from 2014-2019 and aims to collect and celebrate creative people in Wiltshire and Swindon. We are working with…
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several bales of hay in the middle of a field
Creative Wiltshire
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
an image of a tree in the woods with its roots exposed and leaves on the ground
Creative Wiltshire
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
a woman in a pink hat is picking tea leaves on a hill with her hands
A tea-picker at work on a highland tea plantation in Taiwan with her conical hat and wicker basket, taken by the photographer Nick Upton of Box, Wiltshire, May 2003 Copyright Nick Upton #Creative #Wiltshire
a black bird sitting on top of a tree filled with berries
Capturing the Essence of Wiltshire Country Life
Blackbird, c. 2005. Taken in Jake Eastham's back garden. It forms part of the new collection at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre as part of the Creative Wiltshire project.
an old log in the middle of a grassy field
Capturing the Essence of Wiltshire Country Life
A fallen tree trunk in Dinton Park by the photographer Jake Eastham who lives near Salisbury.
a group of brown and white dogs standing next to each other
View of the Odstock Hounds by Jake Eastham, c. 2005. One of a set of six acquired as part of the Creative Wiltshire project.
a lake surrounded by trees and fog in the sky
Capturing the Essence of Wiltshire Country Life
Fonthill Lake by Jake Eastham. Jake was a farmer who later worked in tree care and conservation before moving into photography. His work has been featured by Barbour, Mulberry, Highrove and Country Life amongst others. This is one of a set of six of images from Jake's early days of photography, helping to chart the development of his style and expertise. The images will form part of the Historic Photograph & Print Collection at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. #photographer #Wiltshire
four different colored images with words written on them and in the middle one is a leaf
Creative Wiltshire, a HLF funded project running from 2014-2019 to collect and celebrate the best of the county's creativity. Do you have a favourite? Let us know! #art #Wiltshire
an old painting of a town and river
Serendipity at Work
Print by artist Elizabeth Tackle who lived in Bradford on Avon and painted scenes of Bradford on Avon and the Avon valley during the 1840s and 1850s #artist #Creative #Wiltshire
an old wooden bench with three bells on it
Aldbourne bells
18th century handmade Aldbourne bells. The bells would originally have been mounted on a leather block to be used on the neck of a cart horse or load pulling ox. Bells produced at Aldbourne have a distinct style of their own for which they have become renowned. The foundry itself can be seen as a ‘technical leader’ in the art of the bell founding method. #Creative #Wiltshire #metalwork
the mountains are covered in clouds and trees
Mist rising from the forest ridges after rain at Da Shiue Shan, Taiwan, taken by the freelance wildlife photographer Nick Upton, 2003 Copyright Nick Upton #Creative #Wiltshire
a close up of a bug on a rock
Creative Wiltshire
Harlequin Beetle at night in Amazonia, Ecuador, taken by the photographer Nick Upton, 1995. Copyright Nick Upton. #Creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
an advertisement for jane annne or the good conduct prize, which was awarded by j m
Musical composition of 1893 by Ernest Ford, born in Warminster. From 1868-1873 he sang in the choir at Salisbury Cathedral. He studied under Arthur Sullivan at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where, in 1875, he received the first Goss Scholarship. His compositions and arrangements were played in many theatres and Opera Houses. He was Assistant Musical Director at the Savoy Theatre and Musical Director of the Trafalgar Theatre. #musician #creative #Wiltshire #Warminster
there is a boat made out of sticks on the rocks by the water and sky
Eye-Catching Acquisitions!
Photograph of a traditional hand-made plant boat, the "Ipanga na" (keep rowing), built by the indigenous people of the Tao tribe, Langdao, Orchid Island, Taiwan. Copyright Nick Upton. #creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
purple flowers are growing in the tall grass on a sunny day with blue skies and white clouds
Eye-Catching Acquisitions!
Common spotted orchids flowering on chalk grassland near Box by wildlife photographer Nick Upton. Copyright Nick Upton. #creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
a blue dragonfly sitting on top of a green plant
Eye-Catching Acquisitions!
A banded demoiselle damselfly with its mayfly prey, taken at Bybrook, near Box. Copyright Nick Upton. #creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
a small brown animal sitting on top of a tree branch next to a leaf filled forest
Eye-Catching Acquisitions!
Red giant flying squirrel taken by Nick Upton in Taiwan, 2003. Copyright Nick Upton. #creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
a small blue butterfly sitting on top of some grass
This male Common Chalk Hill Blue butterfly was taken by the wildlife photographer Nick Upton from Box at Wadswick Common. Copyright Nick Upton. #creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
a man is paddling his canoe on the water as the sun sets in the background
Eye-Catching Acquisitions!
Polish punt at Dawn on the Biebrza Marshes, copyright Nick Upton. Nick has lived in Box for 21 years, using Wiltshire as a base and as inspiration for his work at home and abroad. #creative #Wiltshire #Swindon #photographer
an old book with the title who's body? by dorothy l sayers
The Creative Wiltshire & Swindon project is proving fascinating as it can highlight gaps in our collection and whilst looking at older copies of Wiltshire Life magazine we discovered that Dorothy L. Sayers, creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, was a pupil at Godolphin School, Salisbury from 1909 to 1911. Discover more about this new Local Studies acquisition at