About VCH Wiltshire

The Wiltshire VCH Trust

Our Trustees are all volunteers, drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds including active and retired professional historians. The Trust is a registered charity – No. 1102882 – controlled by a constitution and has as its patron HM Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton. One sub-group of trustees plans and manages all our fund-raising activities. A second manages the research and writing of each chapter for Volume 20. Volume 19 is being written and funded by the Institute for Historical Research with the help of a generous bequest.

Fundraising

Each volume costs around £150,000 to research and write, a considerable fundraising challenge. Our approach to fundraising is to engage as many people as possible in our work through our Friends organisation, to hold a series of events and to apply for external funds wherever possible. Fundraising events typically include an annual afternoon tea and tour at one of Wiltshire’s grand houses and a series of talks and lectures. We are raising enough money to maintain progress with work on Volume 20 but very much wish to accelerate this, which means securing more funds: if you would like to support us, or have ideas for other sources of funds, please see here.

Research

We do not have the resources to employ a County editor, so instead commission research and writing on a chapter by chapter basis. Our authors are chosen for their relevant knowledge and skills and each brings their expertise to a specific subject. The expert historians on the research sub-group ensure consistency between chapters and also that the whole is written to the standards of the VCH. For more information on research currently under way please see here.

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 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

 

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