Ken White: Railways and Landscapes

Date: 17th September 2019 – 30th November 2019

Every day

Location: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road

Time: 11:00 – 16:30

This exhibition brings together a selection of paintings by one of Swindon’s best loved artists, Ken White.

Picture Ken White

Known for his depictions of life in the GWR Works, this exhibition includes railway paintings and local landscapes.

Image: Ken White, Riveter

Associated Events:

Friends Talk – In Conversation with Ken White, with Andy Binks – Thursday 28 November 2019

Friends Talk – In Conversation with Ken White, with Andy Binks – Friday 29 November 2019


Cost: Free





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The new novel by Beatrice Parvin, praised for the “musicality and lyricism of its language” is rapturously showcased with British folk music and storytelling. A riotous tale of passion and tragedy, set on Salisbury Plain in the 1840s, will be brought to life by spellbinding voices, fiddle wizardry and accordion.

‘Captain Swing and the Blacksmith’ tells the story of Sue Trindall, a 17-year-old button seller, against the backdrop of the Swing Riots of 1830.  The show is a dramatisation of the novel using the folk songs that inspired the narrative, interwoven with storytelling and historical documents from the period. Original songs have been specially written for the show, including a piece by the late Dave Swarbrick, Betsey Bobbin.  The audience will be transported to a time of hardship and drama by singing and music performed by inventive and talented performers.

The events listed below form a tour of performances and workshops sponsored by Creative Wiltshire, Celebrating Age, Rural Arts and Salisbury Museum.

Saturday 16th March 2019

2 – 4pm at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

This workshop will enable students to create their own story plots and dialogue by combining different verse, local to Wiltshire, from the archives at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.

Free event – please book for this event via Eventbrite

Saturday March 23rd, Salisbury Museum

14.30 to 16.00, Box office Tel: 01722332151

Saturday May 18th, Great Somerford

7.30pm, FULL SHOW Box office Tel: 01672 539253

Creative Writing Workshops


Tuesday March 26th 2019

10.30 – 12.30 at The George Hotel in partnership with Amesbury library.

2.00 – 4.00 at Salisbury Methodist Church

‘Captain Swing and the Blacksmith’ – a riotous tale of passion and tragedy – is set in Wiltshire against the backdrop of the Swing Riots of 1830. Using historical documents and folk songs that inspired the story, this workshop will teach the forgotten art of love letters and threatening notes…

With writer Beatrice Parvin and singer/songwriter Rebecca Hollweg, who will perform songs and stories from the full show.

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Creative Wiltshire Exhibition Tours

Saturday 3 and 17 February 2017, 1pm-1.30pm, at Chippenham Museum

Part of Chippenham Museum’s Creative Wiltshire exhibition. Join the exhibition curator to learn more about the fascinating stories behind some of the amazing objects on display. Free entry.

Talk: Modern Movements: Pre & Post War Art in Britain

Friday 23 February, 7pm at the Yelde Hall, Chippenham

Part of Chippenham Museum’s Creative Wiltshire exhibition, join Antiques Roadshow specialist Marc Allum as he takes a look at 20th century art movements and the innovative enthusiasm of the post-war effect.

This talk takes place in Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall, Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HL. Booking advised.



Celebrating Creativity in Calne

Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Join us for an exciting morning of art and adventure!

Discover more about the creativity of Calne & District. Join in to create your own keepsake, a 3D concertina story or sketchbook focusing on the history of Calne, the surrounding area and what it means to you.

Creative Wiltshire Calne Event

10am-10.30 – introductory talk and exhibition showcasing the work of local artists

11am-2pm – drop-in creative supported workshop

Make Calne’s history your own…

Book your place via Eventbrite

For further information contact


Creative Wiltshire Exhibition, Chippenham Museum

An exhibition celebrating North Wiltshire creativity

20 November 2017 – 17 March 2018, Free admission

Visit Chippenham Museum’s website for further details

Chippenham Town Museum new gallery Nov. 2017

‘Creative Wiltshire’ is Chippenham Museum’s first exhibition in its newly opened gallery space. It features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century for work, study or a simpler life. For them the area provided new inspiration for their creativity, producing artwork directly responding to the local landscape.

The exhibition features works by well-known artists such as Howard Hodgkin and Robin Tanner displayed alongside examples of local pottery and silver by Graham Watling.

Also on display are items by the Ellis family, telling the story of the influential art establishment at Corsham Court which is little known today.

Many of the items on display have been acquired as part of the Creative Wiltshire project.


Family Pottery Experience at the Beeches, Bulford

14 and 21 August, 2017

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Photography Workshop for GCSE Art Students

13 July, 2017

Art students from Pewsey Vale School have the opportunity to take part in a day course at the Crofton Beam Engine site alongside the professional photographer Penney Ellis. There will be a chance to learn how to use architecture and the natural landscape creatively to enhance and extend photographic expertise. The course will encourage learning through practice. It will be an overarching documentary-style assignment with exercises throughout the day requiring participants to respond to the wealth of visual opportunities at the museum. Over the course of the day there will be time for reflection and feedback on their work, including peer review. By the end of the day, participants will each have a portfolio of images to reflect their interest, and demonstrate a personal perspective on the museum and the people working there.

A second session will involve choosing, mounting and creating an exhibition to be held at the Crofton Museum, Pewsey Library and at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.

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The Crofton Beam Engine ©Trish Steel under Creative Commons Licence

Public Art Project

Locate – Investigate – Map

Creative Wiltshire Public Art graphic imageA project to locate, record and photograph public art, namely artwork made by an artist, arts practitioner or craftsperson and located in publicly accessible spaces and places in Wiltshire. At present very little is known about the whereabouts and extent of public art in the County.

A call for volunteers…

We need the help of individuals and groups to gather data on public art in the community such as location of the item, its condition, what is known of it and a photograph of it in situ. Data collected as part of the project will be made available in the Local Studies Library at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre with images deposited in the Historic Photograph and Print Collection. The images will then be pinned to the Know Your Place site to map their location geographically.

Devote as much or as little time as you can spare from the end of August to December and join this community effort to help support public art in the places that matter to you.

Come along to a workshop to find out how you can help:

Bradford on Avon Library, Thursday 6th July, 6-7pm.

Calne Library, Tuesday 11th July, 6-7pm.

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Saturday 15th July, 3-4pm.

Marlborough Library, Thursday 20th July, 6-7pm.

Warminster Library, Monday 24th July, 6-7pm.

Malmesbury Library, Monday 14th August, 6-7pm.

Salisbury Library, Tuesday 15th August, 6-7pm.

Corsham Library, Monday 21st August, 6-7pm.

Devizes Library, Thursday 14 September, 6-7pm.

For further information please contact

Creative Wiltshire Exhibition, 29 March – 1 July 2017

Swindon Museum & Art Gallery

Since 2015, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery has worked with Wiltshire Council and museums across the county to acquire modern and contemporary work by artists from Wiltshire and Swindon.

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This exhibition brings together new acquisitions by Joe Tilson, Ken White, Patricia Volk, Sasha Wardell and Katharine Pleydell Bouverie, artists who live or work in Wiltshire. The exhibition also showcases some of the Swindon artists in our modern collection, including Leslie Cole, Walter Poole, Roy Bizley and Harold Dearden. This exhibition celebrates the creativity of artists, designers and writers from this area and the influence the landscape and culture of Wiltshire has on their work.

Arteology – Uncover. Discover. Create.

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March 2017 – March 2018

This Creative Wiltshire project invites contemporary artists to explore the ever-growing Creative Wiltshire collection as a catalyst for new work, inspired by the county’s creative and artisan heritage.

For further information please contact Project Officers Julie Davis and Joy Bloomfield at

Crafting Ceramics

Demonstration at the Springfield Centre, Corsham, 7 January 2017 at 10.30-1pm. Free entry

A unique opportunity to view the intricate art of bone china ceramics with the ground-breaking practitioner Sasha Wardell. Learn about the processes and methods involved as Sasha demonstrates her distinctive style of slipcasting design.

Sasha with one of her finished pieces

Sasha, whose studio is situated at Stowford Manor Farm near Trowbridge, trained at the Bath Academy of Art, based at Corsham Court, the Royal Doulton factory in Stoke on Trent and the L’Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs at Limoges. Commissions have included the National Trust, the Victoria & Albert Museum, P & O and the Rare Tea Company. Her work is collected by institutions worldwide.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase items on the day.

The event is free of charge, organised as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Creative Wiltshire Project.


From Where I’m Standing

Exhibition, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery – runs until 4 February, 2017

Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11-3pm. Free entry

An exciting, new exhibition presents contemporary ceramics alongside works from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art. It celebrates the connections and contrasts between modern art and contemporary ceramics.

Ten ceramicists from the West Country are showcasing new work inspired and informed by their choice from the Swindon Collection of Modern British Art. As well as offering a new perspective on Swindon’s collection, this exhibition celebrates some of the finest and most innovative ceramicists working in the region and includes ceramicists Sasha Wardell and Patricia Volk, and the artist Joe Tilson – Swindon Museum & Art Gallery have acquired a number of their pieces thanks to the Creative Wiltshire Project.


The Joe Tilson print ‘Moon Signatures’ acquired via the Creative Wiltshire project


New ceramics are presented alongside paintings and drawings by Graham Sutherland, Basil Beattie, Howard Hodgkin and others. The diverse selection of ceramics demonstrate a variety of techniques, media and forms, including handbuilding, throwing, coiling and casting.

For further details please visit SMAG’s website


Home Made

Exhibition, Chippenham Heritage Museum, running Dec 2016 – through 2017

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10-4pm. Free entry.

Part of the Robin Tanner display







Rewilding Britain and Wild Wiltshire

Talk: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, 24 November 2016, 7pm. Free entry

Meet Multi award-winning Wiltshire based wildlife filmmaker and photographer Nick Upton.

Nick Upton at work

Nick will present his recent stills work documenting a range of major UK conservation projects and Wiltshire’s wildlife riches. He’ll showcase Beaver, Crane, Pine marten, Water vole and Harvest mouse reintroductions nationally and Wiltshire’s stunning flower meadows, rare butterflies, bats and the return of the Great Bustard.

Nick, who has worked with Sir David Attenborough and produced many films for the BBC and broadcasters worldwide, contributes photos and text to many books and magazines including BBC Wildlife, National Geographic and Wiltshire Life, and won the documentary category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2014 and 2016. At the talk there will also be an opportunity to purchase card and print versions of Nick’s work, and to ask lots of questions about the aspects that interest you! We look forward to seeing you there.


Wiltshire’s Great Bustard


Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Open Day

Saturday 22 October, 2016, 10-4pm. Free entry

Come and experience:

  • Flint knapping with Time Team’s Phil Harding (from 12.00)
  • Visit a Barber Surgeon and find out about old cures and remedies
  • Identify bugs and X-ray images of curious objects
  • Learn how our archaeologists uncover the past
  • Find out about Victorian crime and an Edwardian disaster
  • Hear mini-talks by experts…
Hector Cole MBE and the late Sir Terry Pratchett with his newly made sword


Behind the scenes in our strongrooms and conservation laboratories; ‘Make and Take’ children’s activities; Exhibitions; Refreshments from our pop-up café.

Includes Creative Wiltshire items on display and the opportunity to meet Hector Cole, the blacksmith who worked on Sir Terry Pratchett’s sword. A collection of Pelham puppets will also be on show alongside items from the archival collection acquired as part of the Creative Wiltshire project.



Pelham Puppets Present…

Storytelling Session, Marlborough Library, 6 October, 2016

Recital of a re-take on the Little Red Riding Hood story with the book ‘The Good Wolf’, using a set of Pelham Puppets from the tale. For pre-schoolers with the opportunity for hands-on work using the puppets. Includes free time to look at other books in the Library.

Items in the Pelham Puppet handling collection



Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council in Partnership, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council in Partnership, Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund