Athelstan Museum Forthcoming Events in the newly renovated Moravian Church 'The Julia and Hans Rausing Building'.


Monthly Lacemaking Workshop - see below

Wednesday 17th April - The Murder of Harry Neal - A Talk by Bill Reed and Michael Neal. For details use this link: The Murder of Harry Neal.

Thursday 9th May - Inaugural Annual Moravian Lecture - TO CATCH A KING. A Talk by Earl Spencer.

These are extracts from some of the National newspaper and magazine reviews of TO CATCH A KING:-

'Authoritative narrative history with the pace of a Jason Bourne film', Books of the Year, Evening Standard

'A truly thrilling tale which Spencer, a natural storyteller, delivers with erudition and wit ... an exhilarating read' Daily Telegraph

'A book of quite an extraordinary period atmosphere, the most diligent research and an appropriately cracking pace' Sunday Express

'It's a wonderful tale, and Spencer tells it with journalistic flair' The Times

'Riveting...'To Catch a King' is as gripping as any thriller' Sunday Telegraph

'One of the joys of this book...is just how close the reader gets to the action. The day-by-day account of the fugitive's doings provides delicious details. Charles Spencer is the perfect person to pass the story onto a new generation. His pacey, readable prose coasts elegantly through the great tale. 'To Catch a King' is a cracking read and those who come to it knowing little of the famous tale will find they have a treat in store' Literary Review

'In this pacey slice of narrative history Charles Spencer...constructs this spare but atmospheric account of six weeks that changed the course of English history' Mail on Sunday

Tickets for these events can be booked in the museum or via our Eventbrite site:



Guided Walks Around Malmesbury – 2019 Programme

Monday 22nd April 2:00pm - Malmesbury ‘Queen of Hilltop Towns’; An introduction to 2,800 years of unique history in 1 mile and 90 minutes!

Tickets now available.

Monday 27th May 2:30pm (St Aldhelm’s Fayre) - Who was St Aldhelm and what did he and the West Saxon’s do for Malmesbury?

Tickets now available.

Sunday 9th June 2:00pm (time tbc) - Fire! Fire! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ‘new’ Fire Station and the history of the Fire Service in Malmesbury.

Sunday 7th July 2:00pm - Women of Malmesbury: Stories of Malmesbury’s influential women told at the places where they made history!

Wednesday 17th July 7:00pm - The Malmesbury Pub Crawl; Tracing the story of Malmesbury’s pubs, hotels, beer shops and breweries…Hic! Finishing at the (in)famous Old White Lion, where suitable refreshments will be available.

Saturday 27th July 2:00pm - Malmesbury’s Best Stories - Children’s Activity Walk

Tuesday 13th 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.

Sunday 1st September 10:30am (Carnival Walk) - A Guided Walk into Malmesbury’s past with some fun for all the family.

Sunday 20th October 10:00am - Wessex Week Walk – Women of Malmesbury: Back by popular demand but new women and more influence!

Saturday 26th October - 4:15 pm and 4:45pm: Malmesbury’s Famous Halloween Walks! If you dare…

Sunday 27th October 10:00am - Wessex Week Walk – Malmesbury Through the Eyes of Visitors. Some surprising views …

2019 Pricing: £6.00 Adults, £3.00 Children> (£5.00 Adults for members of Malmesbury Civic Trust or Athelstan Museum).

Tickets for these events will be available a few weeks before each walk and can then be booked in the museum or via our Eventbrite site:



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In the remembrance of the World War I Armistice, a new interactive display is now available in the museum. View the stories of several of the soldiers who died during the war. Explore the memorial in town commemorating their sacrifice and learn about the hospitals rapidly set up to deal with the casualties of war in Malmesbury. Sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the support of the Malmesbury Civic Trust.

Wiltshire at War

To commemorate the 289 soldiers of Malmesbury and the surrounding villages who gave their lives in WW1 we have placed their names and the date of their death on the walls around the museum.

Lacemaking Workshop in the Julia and Hans Rousing Building - Have a Go!

Children and adults are welcome to try their hand at making Bobbin Lace with experienced lacemakers, Gill and Janet on the following days in 2019:

Wednesday 20th February, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 17th April, 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Thursday 30th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday 31st July, 2.00.pm - 4.00pm

Monday 19th August, 10.30am - 12.30pm

Monday 28th October 2.00pm - 4.00pm

All equipment provided. Donations welcome