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Helping to tell Wiltshire’s Story
Posted: 21 June 2016 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Many congratulations to the Aldbourne Community Heritage Group following their official opening in March; a fantastic resource for the village and focal point to learn about the Aldbourne story.

Aldbourne Heritage Centre are also partners in a project supported by Arts Council England, Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Museum. Inspired by the British Museum/BBC Story of the World in 100 Objects this project seeks to set out a history of Wiltshire, as told through 100 objects held by museums across the county. Choosing just 100 was a challenge and the final selection can only represent some of the stories from Wiltshire’s past. A crotal bell made in Aldbourne by Robert Wells around 1800 is included in the exhibition (photo on Flickr), lent by the Aldbourne Heritage Centre. This major touring exhibition is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate the richness of our museums and you may have seen banners of the 100 Objects at the opening (photo on Flickr). Details of all the partner museums can be found in a booklet at the Heritage Centre. Please do support them by visiting, volunteering or joining in their activities in other ways.

Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects will be on display at the Wiltshire Museum, Long Street, Devizes until 16 July 2016 with almost all 100 objects on display. The exhibition is an extensive ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and fills to overflowing two whole galleries. The centrepiece on display, and very much one in a hundred, is the Lacock Cup – this is the first time the Wiltshire Museum has showcased an object from a national museum.

In addition to the touring exhibition there are many objects of local interest on permanent display at the Wiltshire Museum including the Aldbourne Hoard - discovered by Andrew Sewell - and the model of Littlecote Villa made by Howard Gibbs.