About the Wiltshire County History Trust and its publications

Wiltshire County map

The Wiltshire Victoria County History (VCH) Trust's objective is a complete history of Wiltshire in 25 volumes. The independent Trust promotes and oversees the project of completing the remaining volumes, and is currently engaged with the studies of the Mere (Vol 19) and Chippenham areas (Vol 20).  Research is now well under way on the Chippenham volume and four reports are available to view online.

The Trust raises the funds for the work, recruits the researchers and oversees the work with the help of the central VCH team based in the University of London, which manages publication. Wiltshire VCH is proud to be part of the greatest national publishing project in English local history.    The My Chippenham web site provides more information about the Chippenham studies and the project as a whole. 



It is estimated that Volume 20 will cost in the region of £150,000 in total, a considerable sum which reflects the large amount of research which must go into it. Trustees are applying to a number of charities for financial support as well as local businesses and other organisations. One Chippenham-based business, Wavin, has already provided a generous donation. A further plank in the fundraising effort is the 'Friends of the Wiltshire VCH' which provides a forum for interested individuals to be informed about progress, and through membership and events generates a regular source of funds.

Friends events

The Friends of Wiltshire VCH was launched in November 2014 in an event attended by our patron, HM Lord Lieutenant for Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton. Since then we have held numerous talks and visits as well as our highly successful annual summer garden party. Details of forthcoming events are recorded in the News and Events section of this website. New Friends are always welcome, enquiries can be made through that section of this web site.

Extent of coverage so far

Each parish history considers general themes in the development of the community from pre-history to the present day. It is not possible to include every detail, but each history provides a framework of authoritative information as a basis for further research. The references given in the footnotes indicate the location of all the main sources. A map of the research already undertaken by VCH Wiltshire is shown here while the searchable Parish Index provides an easy way to find out whether the VCH has covered your parish and in which of the VCH volumes it was published.