About

Bourne Valley Historical Society (BVHS) researches local history and encourages members to study the heritage of the Bourne Valley area of Wiltshire, including the villages of Allington, Boscombe, Cholderton, Gomeldon, Hurdcott, Idmiston, Newton Tony, Porton, Winterbourne Earls, Winterbourne Dauntsey and Winterbourne Gunner

PRESIDENT:
The Hon Rory Guinness

CHAIRMAN:
Mr. Tony Lyons
01980 842907

ARCHIVIST:
Mrs Angela Armstrong
01980 611867

TREASURER:
Ms Hilary Myerscough

SECRETARY:
Mrs Maureen Atkinson, Twingley, The Portway,
Winterbourne Gunner, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP4 6JL.
01980 611311

MEMBER:
Mrs Jenny Randle

MEMBER:
Mr Alan Rooney

The Society was formed as the Bourne Valley Historical & Record Society in 1948 by a group of residents in the three Winterbourne villages north of Salisbury, Wiltshire, who wished to collect and preserve material documenting the area’s rich history.

The Society was renamed the Bourne Valley Historical Society (BVHS) and its coverage extended to include all those villages straddling the River Bourne running southwards from Cholderton to Hurdcott.

We continue to be dedicated to researching topics of local historical interest and members are encouraged to participate and conduct their own studies into projects relevant to the heritage of our area.

Archives & Research
The Society has an extensive and growing archive collection of books, journals, family papers, maps, photos, slides and other documents.  We have a full run of the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History magazine going back to 1853, an original copy of Andrews’ and Drury’s 1773 Map of Wiltshire and an almost complete set of the Wiltshire Record Society’s annual publications.

Items can be studied at the Glebe Hall or, at the discretion of the Archivist, may be borrowed by members for home study. The original aims of the Society – to collect, preserve and study local documents – remain of paramount importance and members are encouraged to undertake personal research on local topics. The Archivist and other Society officers are always ready to suggest topics that need study and will assist newcomers in their research work.

Additions to the archives are always welcome, and if you possess original documents or photographs of interest that you do not wish to part with just yet, we will arrange for them to be copied and added to our collection. Remember that today’s activities become tomorrow’s history, and it is important to document in photographs, videos, DVDs, maps and text our rapidly changing environment.