Coach Trips

Our popular trips to museums and archives are back again.

Welcome to 2024!

We have two trips arranged for when the weather (we hope) is better:

Saturday 20 April to the National Archives at Kew

The National Archives (TNA) holds records created by all departments of government, including legal, financial and military.  Even though more and more of their records are being digitised, and many are available on TNA's website or through the major commercial websites, over 90% are not, and you can only access these at Kew.

TNA's website has excellent research guides to finding different types of document, and their guide to visiting Kew takes you through what you can expect and how to register for a reader's ticket.  I strongly recommend pre-registering ahead of your visit, which enables you to order your documents in advance and maximise your research time.  See www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

If instead of research, you want to enjoy a spring day out, you can walk from our reserved parking place at TNA to Kew Gardens - about 10-15 minutes walk away.  See www.kew.org  Or if your interests are more mechanical, the London Water & Steam Museum www.waterandsteam.org.uk (formerly Kew Briidge Pumping Station) or the Musical Museum www.musicalmuseum.co.uk just over the river from Kew.  Admission prices apply at all three sites.

As usual, it's an early start, I'm afraid, to maximise time at Kew:

We leave Westbury (Haynes Road) at 6.45am; Devizes (Market Place) 7.10am; Chippenham (Morrisons) 7.40am; West Swindon (Link Avenue) 8.00am.  Cost: £30 per person

Saturday 6 July 2024 to the Weald & Downland Museum (date changed from earlier notice)

In this 40 acre site historic buildings - domestic, agricultural, civic and industrial - have been re-erected and furnished to give you an insight to how our forebears lived and worked.  If you have watched The Repair Shop on TV, you will be familiar with at least one of them!  We are hoping to have about 5 hours here to explore.  Entry prices to the Museum are discounted for a group visit eg seniors £12 compared to min £13.50 standard rate

 We leave Westbury (Haynes Road) at 7.15am; Devizes (Market Place) 7.35am; Chippenham (Morrisons) 8.000am West Swindon (Link Avenue) 8.20am. 

Cost: £30 per person coach fare + museum entry

For further enquiries or to register your interest in either trip, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 01793 852662

Beyond 2024

I am delighted to tell you that Natasha Brown - whom you may know from Swindon branch meetings or from our Facebook page -  has volunteered to take over running the coaches after this year, so we can all look forward to some interesting trips in future.  Thank you Natasha! 

If you have any suggestions for future visits, please let me or Natasha know

Jenny Pope

WFHS Coach Organiser

 

 

 

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