Aldbourne Heritage Centre
Exploring the Village Story


Our meetings are free entry for members.

Non-members pay a nominal entry charge of £3 which helps us pay for the hire costs.

Our meetings also feature a small raffle.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits are served to allow for any discussions you may wish to have, or even just a chat!


Future Meetings

We normally meet at 7:30 in the Methodist Church.

These are the currently planned meetings

  • August: atch out for our Carnival meetings on 28th and 31st
  • 25 September: Whoosetting and other ancient pastimes – Julia Hunt
  • 23 October: Lost Buildings of Aldbourne by Chris Rust
  • 27 November: Multiple Short Talk – do you have something you’d like to talk about – contact us if you do!
  • 11 December: Christmas special
  • 22 January: Agricultural Implements by Steve Farr
  • 26 February: Court House
  • 26 March: AGM & His grandmothers Diaries by Terry Gilligan
  • 23 April: Emily Todd & Her Herbarium – a talk by Swindon Museum

Meetings in 2018 will also commemorate the fallen from the First World War


Recent Meetings

Meetings held in the past few months:

  • 23 Jan  British Troops in Aldbourne in WW2 by Don Greaves and Newly acquired Smocks by Liz Dymond
  • 27 Feb Aldbourne Shops by Steve Farr
  • 27 Mar  AGM and A Dabchick who Hanged by John Dymond (with a Beatles twist in the tail!)
  • 24 Apr  Graffiti in St Michael’s Church by Chris Rust
  • 22 May: The Lost Hamlet of Snap by John Dymond


Big Dig 2013

On 8th and 9th June 2013 villages came together for a Big Dig. We worked with Wyvern Historical Society and Wessex Archaeology. The area dug was the football pitch and Palmers field.

During the dig Wyvern used their metal detectors to find objects, Wessex recorded the locations of historically significant finds, and the villagers cleaned …

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Grand Opening 2016

On Easter Monday 2016 our centre had its official grand opening. We were pleased to welcome

Phil Harding (of Time Team and Wessex Archaeology) who gave a short speach and cut the ribbon, which was held by two of the oldest dabchicks Dr Neil Wilkin of the British Museum who also spoke and then presented …

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Past Meetings

Some of the talks from past meetings have been recorded in digital form and can be found below:


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