England's Past for Everyone - Wiltshire

The Woolstore Theatre, Codford
©University of London

Region: South West

Summary: England’s Past for Everyone (EPE) is a Heritage Lottery funded project run by the Victoria County History (VCH). They run fifteen local history projects in ten counties across the country. The Wiltshire project looks at the history of the rural parish of Codford, from Anglo-Saxon settlement to important military garrison.

Description: An architectural survey undertaken as part of this project resulted in a phased map showing the history of Codford and its inhabitants.  The project also drew on oral history reminiscences of the local people which helped to question and resolve discrepancies in the survey findings.  The study took place at the same time as the conversion of ex-industrial building, the Woolstore, into private accommodation. The research helped the developer to carry out a sensitive conversion.
Strategy: Centrally funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, EPE is also working with local partners on each of its projects.  In Wiltshire the key partners are the University of the West of England and Wiltshire district and county councils.

Materials discovered during our research, including images, historical documents and audio files, are also available from our free, interactive website ‘Explore’ (www.ExploreEnglandsPast.org.uk).  Resources on the Wiltshire Explore site include images and text relating to Codford’s important role during the two World Wars. The Wiltshire school project has been completed.  Pupils of Wylye Valley Primary School were involved in a cross-curriculum programme which included exploring local water meadows and building an Iron Age round house in the school grounds.  This transferable project has already been implemented in other schools.

A book ‘Codford: Wool and War in Wiltshire’ has been published.

Through its learning and publications programmes EPE is also helping to develop new models of working for the future of the VCH.


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