About VCH Wiltshire

Following cuts in public funding from Wiltshire Council and the University of the West of England, the Wiltshire Victoria County History Trust has risen to the challenge of taking on the task of continuing work on the history of the county. A scoping study has been completed for a volume on Chippenham and its environs.  Fundraising is underway and it is hoped that work on this volume will commence early in 2015.


It is estimated that to complete Volume 20 will cost in the region of £150,000, a not inconsiderable sum.  Trustees are applying to major national charities for financial support.  Local businesses and other organisations will also be approached.  A further plank in the fundraising effort is the 'Friends of the Wiltshire VCH' which will provide a forum for interested individuals to be informed about progress, and through membership and events generate a regular source of funds.

Friends events

The Friends of Wiltshire VCH was launched at an event in Chippenham on 4 November 2014 attended by the Director of the VCH, Professor Richard Hoyle and our patron, HM Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton. The next event will be a 'My Chippenham' day of talks on the history of the town, accompanied by archive films and personal recollections by local people, on 7th March at Chippenham Town Hall, being organised by Mike Stone, former Director of Chippenham Museum. For further information or to reserve places (£15.00) contact the Secretary (email address below), or enquire at Chippenham Museum.

Extent of coverage so far

Each parish history considers general themes in the development of the community from pre-history to the present day. It is not possible to include every detail, but each history provides a framework of authoritative information as a basis for further research. The references given in the footnotes indicate the location of all the main sources. A map of the research already undertaken by VCH Wiltshire is shown below while the searchable Parish Index provides an easy way to find out whether the VCH has covered your parish and in which of the VCH volumes it was published.

Map of VCH Wiltshire Publications

Contact the Wiltshire VCH c/o

John Hurley at j.hurley.wilts@gmail.com: