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Programme 2018
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Thu 15th March 2018
“Melksham’s listed buildings” by Gill Cardy

Thu 19th April 2018
Presentation and talk on the History of Seend

Thu 17th May 2018
Outing to Devizes
with a guided tour given by John Girvan (£5 each)

Tue 19th June 2018
Walk around Corsham

Thu 19th July 2018
Day outing to Sherbourne castle by coach travel

Thu 20th September 2018
Members evening, Talks and slide shows
by Tony Fivash and Peter Maslen on the Melksham Workhouse and the railway through Melksham.

Thu 18th October 2018
Talk on the “Wiltshire Bustard”
by the Great Bustard group

Recent Events

Thu 15th February 2018
“Railway Navvies” presented by Chris and Judy Rous

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Thu 18th January 2018
An evening of slides presented by Tony Fivash

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Thu 16th November 2017
Annual General Meeting
Social Evening with entertainment
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Our February meeting at Melksham Assembly Hall was Titled “The Railway Navvy, his working life”

Judy and Chris Rouse gave a very interesting account of the very hard life the Railway Navvies had during the early 1800’s, building the network of railways in England. At its peak there were over 100,000 “Navvies” building the railway network and contrary to what we assume, only a small proportion were from Ireland, coming here for work during the potato famine.

The navvy's tools were a pick, shovel and a wheelbarrow, all carried on his back between jobs. Needless to say they were very strong men who worked hard and and played hard and also drank large amounts of beer. Gangers sold beer to the workers, it was illegal at the time, but as it kept the workers happy, a blind eye was turned to it.

A lot of these navvies, previous to working on the railways, worked on the canal network around the country and they would roam the country with their wives and families looking for the next project to work on.

In our modern world, it is hard to imagine how hard a life it was in those days, building the railways and canal networks that we take for granted today, when there were no mechanical diggers or cranes to move earth and all had to be done by hand with help from horse drawn trucks etc.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 15th March, at Melksham Assembly Hall, 7pm for 7.30start. When Gill Cardy will give a presentation titled “Listed Buildings of Melksham”

All welcome Members free, guests £3.

Welcome to the web site of the Melksham and District Historical Association 
The Melksham and District Historical Association was formed in 1962 to preserve and record for posterity the events and buildings in the town of Melksham and the surrounding area. 

From September to April the association arranges meetings in the Assembly Hall with guest speakers and slide shows of local interest (click here for details). May, June and July are reserved for visits to local places of interest and our annual outing, which takes place in July. 

The web site provides information about the association and its meetings, events and outings.