Richard Hodges

‘Travels with an Archaeologist’ by Richard Hodges

In April of this year the Civic Society was honoured to host President of the American University in Rome, Professor Richard Hodges, to talk about his upcoming book release. President Hodges describes ‘Travels with an Archaeologist’ as a…
Clyffe Pypard

Exploring Wiltshire’s Parish Churches

I’ve always enjoyed visiting parish churches while travelling around the UK and having spent 35 years working in Church of England primary schools, there was always a parish church attached which was visited frequently by the pupils and staff.
An 80,000 year old bison bone

Tablet to Tablet: Corsham’s journey from the Jurassic to the Digital Age

At the Corsham Institute based at Hartham Park, a fascinating local history exhibition telling the story of Corsham’s history over the last 170 million years, was open for two weeks during October and November and visited by over 250 people.…
Corsham commemorates

'Above and beyond': Corsham commemorates WW1 hospital at Town Hall

The title says it all ~ the hospital was instigated by Lord Methuen, the Parish Council and the Red Cross. Professional nurses came from far and wide to run the hospital but the local people also worked extremely hard to support the venture.…
Julian Orbach

The Buildings of Corsham, a talk by Julian Orbach

Julian is preparing the third edition of the Wiltshire volume of The Buildings of England. The Buildings of England series was created by Sir Nicholas Pevsner and is regarded as an unrivalled series of comprehensive architectural guides covering…
Michele Donelan MP

My First Year in Parliament - Michelle Donelan

In early May the Civic Society invited local MP for the Chippenham constituency to talk about her impressions and reactions about having been an MP for a year. Although she spoke of some of her campaigns which aim to “benefit the local area”,…
Michael Ramsey, far left, leads a walking group through Church Street in Corsham

Review of 2016 Corsham Walking Festival

Corsham’s third annual walking festival took place over three mostly fine days, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June. I can only say ‘mostly fine’ as the last walk on Friday was caught in a thunder storm with heavy rain and the final walk of…
Magna Carta

Magna Carta: origins and outcomes

Originally it was planned that professor of medieval history David d’Avray would enlighten us with a talk on Magna Carta to coincide with its 800th anniversary, yet being occupied at the time it was postponed until February this year. This…
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman: A year of important anniversaries

2016 seems to be a year of important anniversaries in our town and the surrounding area. The Methuen School, in South Place, celebrates its 200th anniversary and you will find several articles in this edition by former pupils. On June 30th,…
Stephen Jarvis

Death and Mr Pickwick, a talk by Stephen Jarvis

This work of ‘fictionalised history’, as the author addressed it on a bleak July evening in a small auditorium, explores the origin and entire history of Charles Dickens’ most beloved piece of work at that time - The Pickwick Papers. Jarvis…