As written by the Society at its Museum website:
"Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society (WANHS) [was] founded in Devizes in 1853, after the acquisition of the John Britton library of topographical and antiquarian books and manuscripts by a group of Wiltshire gentlemen. The inaugural meeting resolved to form a society 'to cultivate and collect information on archaeology and Natural History in their various branches and to form a Library and Museum illustrating the History, natural, civic and ecclesiastic of the County of Wilts'. Most of the original members were clergymen and landed gentry."
Wiltshire Heritage Museum
41 Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NS, UK
Tel. 01380 727369, Fax. 01380 722150
Membership Application Form for the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society