Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society was founded in 1853, and is one of the largest county-based archaeological
Archaeology, or archeology , is the study of human society, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data that they have left behind, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes...

 societies in the UK
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

. It runs the Wiltshire Heritage Museum
Wiltshire Heritage Museum
The Wiltshire Heritage Museum, formerly known as Devizes Museum, is a museum, archive and library and art gallery in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. The museum was established and is still run by, the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society , a registered charity founded in 1853. After...

 in Devizes
Devizes is a market town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. The town is about southeast of Chippenham and about east of Trowbridge.Devizes serves as a centre for banks, solicitors and shops, with a large open market place where a market is held once a week...

, Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a ceremonial county in South West England. It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It contains the unitary authority of Swindon and covers...

 which has the best Bronze Age
Bronze Age
The Bronze Age is a period characterized by the use of copper and its alloy bronze as the chief hard materials in the manufacture of some implements and weapons. Chronologically, it stands between the Stone Age and Iron Age...

 collections in Britain, including finds from Avebury
Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles which is located around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, south west England. Unique amongst megalithic monuments, Avebury contains the largest stone circle in Europe, and is one of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain...

 and Stonehenge
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about west of Amesbury and north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks...

. It also publishes the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine
Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine
Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine is a county journal published by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society . It has been published almost annually since 1853 and is distributed to its members, subscribers and exchanged with other linked societies.-External...


The current Chair of the Society is Negley Harte, and the Director is David Dawson.

A history of the society was published in 1953, under the title The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society: 1853-1952: a centenary history.

As well as continuing to publish an approximately annual journal, the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History magazine, the Society has in the past published books of Wiltshire interest, such as the Tropenell Cartulary
Tropenell Cartulary
The Tropenell Cartulary is an English medieval manuscript cartulary compiled for Thomas Tropenell , a Wiltshire landowner, in the 15th century.-History:...

. The present-day Wiltshire Record Society
Wiltshire Record Society
The Wiltshire Record Society is a publishing association in Wiltshire, England, which edits and publishes historic documents concerned with the history of Wiltshire.-History:...

began life as the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society Records Branch.

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