Month: May 2017

Aldbourne Community Heritage Group

ACHG Scarecrow 2017

Here’s the amazing ACHG Scarecrow that guarded the Heritage Centre during the Aldbourne Scarecrow Trail last weekend – an ‘Ugly’ bird joining in with the “Fairy Tales & Musicals” theme. A mixed weekend weatherwise, but as ever a fabulous family event organised by the hardworking team at Aldbourne Churches Together – I think there may still be people out there hoping to solve just one more clue!

Link to the Aldbourne page on the Whitton Team Website If you want to see more about the 2017 Scarecrows visit Aldbourne Scarecrow Trail on Facebook

In 2016, the Scarecrow Trail featured “Award Winners” and the ACHG paid homage to this brave Dabchick whose portrait still graces the Officers’ Mess at RAF Odiham.  Do you know her name?   Find out more about the Aldbourne Community Heritage Group and the Aldbourne Heritage Centre:  www.aldbourneheritage.org.uk and on Facebook ACHG Scarecrow Trail 2016

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Life of the Poor

Wiltshire Local History Forum

WLHF Spring Conference 2017

Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre began the day by setting the scene with life under the poor law legislation pre 1834. Legislation was covered from the medieval period, touching on vagrancy and the role of the church. Then there were the Tudor poor laws and the effect of the Dissolution of the monasteries. Claire focused on the 1601 Act of Relief for the Poor, the 1536 Vagabonds and Beggars Act and the 1662 Poor Relief Act (The Settlement Act). She also considered the role of Overseers of the Poor. Topics also covered were bastardy and settlement issues, and apprentices. The 18th century acts were explained, including 1722 Knatchbull’s General Welfare Act and the 1782 Gilbert’s Act before moving on to the 19th century with the Sturges-Bourne Act of 1818. It was a very clear and concise guide to the poor…

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New Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Read the latest news about this project, including the appointment of an interim Director.   Keep up to date with the exciting exhibitions and news from the existing Swindon Museum & Art Gallery including The Bomford Gift (until 1 July 2017):

Between 1943 and 1976, local art collector and landowner HJP (or ‘Jimmy’) Bomford gave 21 works of art to Swindon. These were instrumental in encouraging Swindon to establish a modern art collection for the town. Bomford’s gift included drawings and paintings by some of Britain’s best known artists, including Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson, LS Lowry and Henry Moore. This exhibition brings together many of the works Bomford gave to Swindon to celebrate his generosity and vision.

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