Upcoming Virtual Events taking place in Malmesbury will be listed here.

Athelstan Museum - A virtual talk by Reverend Oliver Ross


A Virtual Talk Wed 24th Feb 2021, 18:30


The Revd Oliver Ross takes us back to the time of the Gothic wars between the Byzantine Empire and the Ostrogoths with a portrait of Justinian the Great’s great general Belisarius: a man of courage, fortitude and vision, misunderstood by the jealous, loyal in service, skilled in battle, unfortunate in love, who lost a fortune and won an empire at a time when Europe turned at the edge of his sword.


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Athelstan Museum Virtual Talks

Our virtual talks are free but any donations are welcome via the donations Tiger on the museum website (athelstanmuseum.org.uk) where you can also register for the event via the “What’s On” page.


Jan 20, 2021 6:30 PM London 

“Ghosts, Royals and Ferrymen” by Brian Margetson

Having spent 25 years creating a unique photographic archive and an intriguing catalogue of anecdotal stories of Britain’s small working ferries, on river, estuary and inshore, from rowing boats up to the Isle of Wight ferry, Brian Margetson can’t wait to share his fascinating presentation with you. 

The talk introduces us to a varied collection of strange craft, interesting individuals and unusual locations… and of course, there are the weird and wacky stories that go with each of these ferries.


Feb 3, 2021 6:30 PM London 

"Turner and Girtin in Malmesbury" - Nicholas Reese

This is the second of our series of talks on JMW Turner to celebrate our acquisition for Malmesbury of the Turner painting of the Abbey.

We are very grateful to HRH the Prince of Wales for agreeing to give an introduction to the tseries as Patron of The Turner Society.

During the 1790s, JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin, two young artists of genius, visited Malmesbury and made drawings and watercolours of the Abbey and the town. They were great friends and together effected a revolution in the use of the watercolour medium which was to transform landscape painting. In 1802 Girtin tragically died, but Turner was to carry on for a further half century, constantly experimenting and transforming landscape painting and its possibilities.

In his talk Nicholas Reese will illustrate this transformation, analysing the work of both artists with special emphasis on their views of Malmesbury.



Mar 3, 2021 6:30 PM London 

"Turner in his time" - Sarah Stopford

This is the last in our series of talks for the time being on JMW Turner to celebrate our acquisition for Malmesbury of the Turner painting of the Abbey.

We are very grateful to HRH the Prince of Wales for agreeing to give an introduction to the series as Patron of The Turner Society.

The son of a Covent Garden barber, Turner was a classic example of a self-made man in an era when such mobility was the exception. From his first watercolour exhibited at the Royal Academy when he was fifteen, to the final oils exhibited sixty years later, he experimented and took landscape painting to a radically new place, truly exploring the face of nature and the sublime. He brought tempests and snowstorms into the gallery and dissolved castles and mountains into paint and light. 


Athelstan Museum Virtual Valentine Quiz


Wednesday 17th February, 6.30pm

Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury invites you to have fun, support your local museum and keep your brain in trim in a Zoom based quiz for household teams.

Who is the greatest Malmesburian of all?!

Who is the greatest Malmesburian of all?!

Who is the greatest Malmesburian of all?

Save the day for the big debate! Friday 5th February 2021. Who is the greatest Malmesburian of them all? St Aldhelm or Thomas Hobbes?

Proponents Mayor of Malmesbury Campbell Ritchie and eminent historian Tony McAleavy will trade their case over four crisp rounds of information and persuasion. Followed by the vote. You decide! 80 minutes (and a short break) of toe to toe action, masterfully compered by Susan Mockler.

Tickets are just £5 for each screen. Available at the TIC in the Town Hall or at Eventbrite (booking fee applies): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/who-is-the-greatest-malmesburian-of-all-tickets-131447126895

All funds raised are for the charities being supported by the Mayor of Malmesbury.

The Mystery of Malmesbury's Missing Charter

The Mystery of Malmesbury's Missing Charter

The Mystery of Malmesbury’s Missing Charter

‘The Mystery of Malmesbury’s Missing Charter’ played to a live virtual audience of hundreds at Hallowe’en.

Featuring a large local cast and set in locations across Malmesbury, it is an exciting adventure across time to find the original charter which makes Malmesbury England’s Oldest Borough before it has to be inspected by a Very Important Person. 

By popular demand ‘The Mystery of Malmesbury’s Missing Charter is now available to view online or as a video copy. Running for 70 minutes and suitable for all the family, it is priced at just £6 to view online or £10 to buy a video copy. All the proceeds are for the local charities being supported by the Mayor of Malmesbury. You can join the fun by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your purchase.



Local stories in and around the Malmesbury area to keep you up-to-date.


A wonderful place to visit with a wealth of attractions right on the doorstep.


Malmesbury is a beautiful town to visit in its own right and attractions include the jewel in our crown being Malmesbury Abbey, the fabulous Abbey House Gardens, and Malmesbury’s 15th century Market Cross.

For more than two and a half millennia successive generations have populated this hilltop, which forms the centre of the community we now call Malmesbury.


Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9BZ

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Please call us on 01666 822143, or visit our contact page here to contact a specific councillor or member of the council staff directly.