Two Wiltshire-based ceramicists are breaking the mould

A couple of weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting two very different ceramicists in their workshops at Stowford Farm near Wingfield alongside Sophie Cummings, Curator of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and a project partner of Creative Wiltshire. Our first stop was the workshop of Patricia Volk situated in a farmyard. The…… Continue reading Two Wiltshire-based ceramicists are breaking the mould


Capturing the Essence of Wiltshire Country Life

We are lucky to have a number of photographers in our county who have the skill and expertise to make the most of our wonderful landscape. Jake Eastham is one such photographer and we have recently acquired a set of six photographs which aim to cover the range and scope of his work. Jake, who…… Continue reading Capturing the Essence of Wiltshire Country Life


Serendipity at Work

It’s fantastic to have good fortune befall on us when it comes to acquiring items for Creative Wiltshire, and this one appeared out of the blue a few weeks ago thanks to the movement of items from Melksham House, once associated with Avon Rubber Social Club (and later with Wiltshire Council), and to the artistic…… Continue reading Serendipity at Work


Swindon Museum & Art Gallery’s Latest Acquisition hits a Creative note!

A couple of weeks ago a photograph of the Swindon soprano Una Rouse (nee Boffin) was kindly  dontated to the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, fitting in ideally with the museum’s partnership on the Creative Wiltshire & Swindon project. Una was well known in the 1930s for her fine voice, singing regularly at the Empire…… Continue reading Swindon Museum & Art Gallery’s Latest Acquisition hits a Creative note!

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Creative Resources in Archives

Last month Joy, Julie and I had the pleasure of visiting Nick Leigh, the son of the sculptor Roger Leigh (1925-1997), to see some of Roger Leigh’s sculptures as well as a huge variety of archival material. We brought the archive back to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre as a new deposit under the…… Continue reading Creative Resources in Archives

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Creative Wiltshire & Swindon on Show!

The many and varied items created by people in Wiltshire were on show at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre Open Day, 31st October 2015, marking the very first time that members of the public have been able to view the results of the on going Creative Wiltshire & Swindon project at close hand.   Acquired as part…… Continue reading Creative Wiltshire & Swindon on Show!


Eye-Catching Acquisitions!

We are very excited to announce that as part of the Creative Wiltshire & Swindon HLF funded Collecting Cultures Project we have been able to acquire some beautiful photographs from the talented wildlife photographer Nick Upton. Nick has lived in Box for 21 years and the photographs we have acquired can be seen as a…… Continue reading Eye-Catching Acquisitions!


The Beauty of a Tanner

One of our recent purchases has been an original etching by Robin Tanner of Kington Langley. We have mentioned him in our previous post ‘A Taste of What’s to Come’ https://creativewiltshire.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/a-taste-of-whats-to-come/ with the hope that we could acquire some of his work for the Wiltshire & Swindon Local Studies Photograph and Print Collection… We struck it…… Continue reading The Beauty of a Tanner


Dorothy L. Sayers, Lord Peter Wimsey and Salisbury.

Welcome! We are just over a month into our Creative Wiltshire project and are busy developing a collections policy as well as researching material to enable us to compile a database of creative people with a Wiltshire connection. This is proving fascinating as it can highlight gaps in our collection and while looking at older…… Continue reading Dorothy L. Sayers, Lord Peter Wimsey and Salisbury.