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Check out our Collections Catalogue Index

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After much work by out fantastic database programmer, Alan, we now have the ability to compile and print an index of our collection. This includes the relevant unique ID for each item, a brief description and a photograph, where available. We are adding to the collection all of the time, so be aware that even if you cannot find what you’re looking for in this version of the index, compiled July 2022, we may still have items of interest to you. Along with adding to our collection, we are always increasing the quality of previous accession information. With that in mind, if you'd like to help us ensure that our fabolous collections are added to our database, making them accessible to researchers, visitors, and our volunteer staff, please do get in touch. We're always looking for data entry volunteers.  Check out the very first index of our collections database by downloading it here . Please contact us with any queries 01249 815305 email@calneheritage.co.uk Calne Heritage Centre

Bowood Allotments Leases (1876 - 1919)

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One of the 191 lease documents. At Calne Heritage Centre, one of our recent projects has been scanning the 191 Bowood allotment leases in our collection and transcribing the details into a spreadsheet. That process has now been completed, with the results printed out into accessible A4 format for visitors to find their ancestors or perhaps find people who may have lived at the same home as them in the past. Some common surnames are Angell, Blackford, Bromham, Cleverly, Henly, Slade, and Wheeler. The full list of surnames is listed below. You can download the searchable PDF to discover additional details here . Potential locations of allotments.       Further research is being done to locate the allotments that were in Calne and Calne Without, as unfortunately the Bowood Estate do not know where the appotments were. For the time being, please download this PDF , if you'd like to see the research as it stands. Details will be released when available. Tenant

Book Launch: C&T Harris (Calne), An Illustrated History by Dee La Vardera

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Our Trustee, Dee La Vardera, is releasing her C&T Harris book this Saturday at Calne Heritage Centre . Pop along to between 10am and 12:30pm to check out the book and meet the author. For more info: https://amzn.to/3qaSK7f  

Fatal August by Sue Boddington

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The author with the lovely Hamish. Sue Boddington has been hard at work, recently releasing her third historical novel in three years. This book covers a lot of the genuine history of Calne, Devizes, and the surrounding villages. You can collect your copy at Calne Heritage Centre for £8.95, with profits going directly to the Centre. Here's the synopsis to whet your appitite: Cambridge graduate Will Barry is an idealistic young man who runs a prosperous, hundred acre farm, inherited from his father, in the Wiltshire village of Sandy Barrow. He has a firm belief in the power of education to enrich the lives of the villagers and has built a school on his land, where he teaches the labourers’ children basic literacy, with the help of his sister Lucy. He offers the villagers free use of the library he has created at the school and holds evening meetings to discuss literature, religion and politics. Sir Roger Wanley, who was a close friend of Will’s father, owns most of the land on w

Gallery 11 Art Exhibition

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Gallery 11 Art Exhibition @ Calne Heritage Centre 4-28 May 2022 Wednesday - Saturday 10.00 - 16.00 Sunday 14.00 - 16.00

Calne / Caln Twinning - Education Day Event - EVENT CANCELLED

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  EVENT CANCELLED It is with sadness that Calne Twinning Association have had to cancel Wednesday's Community Education Day. Thank you to all of the groups that had volunteered their time. We hope to rearrange this event later in the year.    

Calne Twinning - Community Education Day Event

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  Date: 23 March 2022 Time: 9:30am - 2pm Cost: Free. All Welcome Venue: Calne Heritage Centre 9 .30 Arrival with coffee and tea 9.45 Welcome 9 .50 - 10.10 Fairtrade 10.15 - 10.35 Calne Food Bank 10.40 - 11.00 Calne Pop-up Pocket Park 11.05 - 11.15 Calne Springs Forward 11.20 - 11.55 River Warriors Calne - River dipping at Beach Terrace. 12.05 - 12.35 Lunch and networking 12.40 - 13.00 Sustainable Calne 13.10 - 13.30 Calne Music & Arts Festival 13.35 - 13.55 Help in the community in calne and surrounding areas 13.55 - 14.00 Thank you Please note that times are approximate and may change due to the current situation. For more information, contact: rmerrick1973@yahoo.co.uk  

Harris Magazine Fundraising Update

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  Preparing the magazines for transport. Thank you to everyone that has donated to our fundraiser. Along with this fundraiser, a private donation, Calne Area Board funding, and a legacy left to the Heritage Centre in a will some years ago, we now have the full funding. With that in mind, I have been preparing the magazines for collection. Thank you all again. I am very much looking forward to sharing the results. Best wishes to you all, Tim