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Celebrating Creative Wiltshire

Museum and archive collections are, in their very nature, eclectic. They often have roots in one person’s fascination with the past and they develop and grow much like a tree putting out roots. They are often dependent on donations, and collecting policies within museums are developed to provide some structure to this form of collecting,…… Continue reading Celebrating Creative Wiltshire

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Learning on the Job

  The last five months, since I started as Creative Wiltshire Exhibition Assistant Trainee, have been a whirlwind of new experiences. The most important thing I have learnt is the reality of what goes into making an exhibition. A lot of the organisation was previously unknown to me, such as how to loan pieces from…… Continue reading Learning on the Job

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Behind the scenes at the museum

As part of our HLF Creative Wiltshire project we have provided training and opportunity for people who are interested in working in Heritage Services. This has involved training days for museum staff and volunteers and has also included a one day a week role as a Creative Wiltshire Exhibition Assistant (trainee) for a ten month period. The…… Continue reading Behind the scenes at the museum

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The Art of Engraving

Howard Phipps was born in 1954. After studying painting at the Gloucestershire College of Art between 1971 and 1975 and subsequently a post graduate year in Brighton, he became a painter, printmaker and illustrator with a special interest in wood engraving. He has specialised in engraving since the late 1970s. He worked in Devon until 1980,…… Continue reading The Art of Engraving

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Inspired by Home-Grown Beauty

Theodora Joan Noyes (known as Dora) was born on 8 November 1864 in Harrow, Middlesex. She had two sisters, Mary and Ella Margaret, and their father was a solicitor. The sisters became residents at The Cottage, Upton Lovell, in the early 1900s before moving to Fosters in Sutton Veny at about 1907 where they lived…… Continue reading Inspired by Home-Grown Beauty

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What happens next …

We have been working hard with our volunteers, identifying creators with strong Wiltshire connections and linking them with accredited museums and their collections. Once we have purchased an item or object of interest we have to make a number of assessments before the item can be passed to the relevant collection. First, is the receiving…… Continue reading What happens next …