Editorial, Sally Thomson


This year saw the publication of Ian Hicks’ excellent volume on early car registrations in Wiltshire, a volume likely to be of interest to car enthusiasts as well as local and family historians. Here is a chance to identify the owners of cars in those wonderful old photographs. John Chandler has worked his usual miracles and, despite a heavy workload, is getting together the manuscript for volume 59, the Probate Inventories of Marlborough, and this should be in print very shortly. Our volumes go from strength to strength, thanks to John’s endeavours and his typesetting skills.

Our 2006 AGM was held on a Sunday this year, in the Merchant’s House in Marlborough. There was a good turnout and Michael Gray, the Chairman of the Merchant’s House Trust, gave a most interesting talk on the history of the house and how the Trust had acquired it. This was followed by tea and tours of the house, where one could see what had been achieved so far in its restoration, what had been uncovered and what the future plans entail. It is a very exciting, on-going project and will surely be of enormous benefit to future generations of students of art, furniture, architecture and social history, as well as of general interest to all those who love to see our heritage preserved. There is an extremely well-stocked library in the house and anyone carrying out historical research of any sort is strongly recommended to approach the Librarian first to find out what the Library holds. Some of its volumes are unique.

This year’s AGM will be held on Saturday 2nd June at Steeple Ashton Village Hall, with a tour of the village afterwards. Steeple Ashton has a wealth of old and beautiful vernacular houses and should prove an interesting venue. Further details will be sent nearer the time.