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The Wiltshire Record Society exists to promote the publication of the documentary sources for the history of Wiltshire. It publishes a volume each year, which is sent to members in return for an annual subscription (currently £15). If you would like to join the Society, please see the Membership page.

The Society was founded in 1937, originally as the Records Branch of the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Sociey. The formidable R.B. Pugh, who was later to become the General Editor of the VCH and joint honorary editor of VCH Wiltshire, was the chief mover behind the scheme, and edited the first volume of the new series, published in 1939. Pugh would edit another three volumes, and also served as the President of the Wiltshire Record Society, as it became known after it gained its independence from WANHS in 1967,  until his death in 1982. The Society celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2012, and has so far published 66 volumes of records relating to Wiltshire’s history.


1967-1982     R.B. Pugh

1982-2009    Christopher Elrington

2009-date     Negley Harte

General Editors

1962-1972     Christopher Elrington

1972-1976     Douglas Crowley

1976-1978     D.C. Cox

1978-1981     Janet Stevenson

1982-1988     J.L. Kirby

1988-1995     Jane Freeman

1995-2007     John Chandler

2007-2013     Virginia Bainbridge

2013-date      Virginia Bainbridge and Steven Hobbs