The Well House Collection started as a privately owned cornucopia of Melksham photographs and ephemera acquired by Lisa Ellis as she learned more about the heritage of her adopted home. Through this research it was discovered that there was much hidden history that Melksham had to be proud of, and she wanted to share this information.
Lisa's husband, Graham Ellis, started Well House Consultants Ltd., a computer training company, in 1995. She met Graham in the summer of 1996; from then she casually helped with the business until they married in 1998, and from that point they worked together full time out of their home. The business grew and they bought the property now known as Well House Manor in 2006. This enabled them to enlarge their meeting room space and offer residential courses.
Well House Manor grew to offer leisure and business accommodation, meeting rooms and a cafe in addition to the training courses held there. With strong encouragement from colleague and friend, Phil McMullen, an additional meeting room was converted to house The Well House Collection with the intention of freely sharing information and research, as well as displaying photographs and ephemera, with the general public.
With the support of the Melksham community, the museum has become a tribute to Melksham's heritage. This support comes in many ways, through volunteering, donations and artefact loans, and it thrives on the enthusiasm shown for the efforts.