Conservation Live!

On the 9th and 10th August, the team from Wiltshire Conservation labs will be in the museum from 11am to 3pm demonstrating how they are conserving the Malmesbury Coin Hoard. Don't miss a chance to see this work up close and learn more about this exciting project to conserve and display Malmesbury' s heritage.

A Lifetime of Metal Detecting by Tony Mims and the Portable Antiquity Scheme

Now on display in the museum is a fantastic array of metal detecting finds from Wiltshire with many of them from the Malmesbury area! This exhibit has been put up by Tony Mims the finder of the Roman Malmesbury Coin Hoard. The number of interesting objects, including coins of all periods, rings, Roman brooches, buckles and everyday objects is staggering. Tony is a responsible metal detectorist and to complement his display we have exhibit boards explaining the Portable Antiquity scheme and the Treasure act law.

Guided Walks Around Malmesbury: 2018 Programme

Saturday 19th May – 2:30pm: St Aldhelm’s Fayre Walk: What did St Aldhelm ever do for us?
Saturday 16th June – 2:00pm: Women of Malmesbury. Celebrating 100 years since (some) women ‘got the vote’.
Saturday 28th July – 2:00pm: Malmesbury - Queen of Hilltop Towns – A walk through over 2,000 years: Saints, kings, flying monks, battles, rogues, heroes and heroines – and tigers – around every corner.
Saturday 11th August – 2:00pm: A view of Malmesbury for 4 to 11 year olds (and their hangers on). Includes activities. All the best stories!
Wednesday 15th August – 7:00pm: ‘The Jackdaw’ view of Malmesbury – Some of the history of Malmesbury that doesn’t make the text books – with a focus on Malmesbury’s historic place as ‘the rottenest borough in England’. Finishing at the (in)famous Old White Lion, where suitable refreshments will be available.
Saturday 25th August – 2:00pm: Carnival Walk: ‘999’ Emergency!
Friday 7th September -2:00pm: Malmesbury War Memorials and Graves; the stories behind the names. Part of Heritage Open Day. FREE. Tickets only from Athelstan Museum.
Saturday 8th September – 10:15 pm: Malmesbury War Memorials and Graves; the stories behind the names. Part of HODS. FREE. Tickets only from Athelstan Museum.
Sunday 9th September LIVING TRAIL. 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Malmesbury in the First World War. Fifteen personal stories told at locations around town. Trail Guide with FREE BOOK from Tourist Information Centre at the Town Hall (Available from 1st August).
Sunday 21st October – 10:00am Wessex Week Walk.
Sat 27th October – 4:15pm and 4:45pm. Malmesbury’s Famous Halloween Walk – with a few surprises….

Tickets and Walk Information:

Tickets: £5:00 adults, £3:00 children.

(Except Friday 7th and Sat 8th September Heritage Open Day Walks: Free and WW1 Living Trail Guide: £6 per guide including Free WW1 Local History Book).

Available from Athelstan Museum and:


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An Exhibition and Sale of Studies, Paintings and Drawings by T.S.La Fontaine (1915-2007) from 2nd to 21st June 2018

The exhibition has now closed but greeting card reproductions of many of the paintings are still available in the museum.

Lacemaking workshops will resume in August in the museum.

The dates are: Monday 6th August, 10.30a.m - 12.30p.m. Wednesday 22nd August 2.00.p.m - 4.00.p.m and Monday 22nd October 2.00.p.m - 4.00.p.m.

Children and adults are welcome to try their hand at making Bobbin Lace with experienced lacemakers, Gill and Janet.

All equipment provided. Donations welcome.