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Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Free Entry
Open Monday-Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
9-10 Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HF
01249 705020

Our museum and heritage centre tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and the surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day.

As well as being able to explore the collections on display you are welcome to use our research room, using the collection for work, school or to explore the past (please call in advance to book the dedicated research room).

With a large photographic and paper archive and objects relating to Chippenham, many people have discovered their own history.


Find out about our current exhibition programme

Find out more about our Learning and Outreach

What’s on this half term holiday

Wilts and Berks Canal Trust Free ‘Make and Do’ workshops at the museum during the February half term.

Family activities for those aged 5 to 11:  16, 17 and 18 February, 10.30am to 1pm.

Find the event on Facebook.

For more information contact 01249 705020 or email

Our collection

Our museum holds more than 35,000 objects and archives, mostly relating to the local history of the town and North Wiltshire.

Ranging from the Neolithic period to the 21st Century and covering the geology, archaeology, agriculture, trade and industry, educational, governance, domestic and recreational life of people in Chippenham. We have more than 7000 local photographs and postcards and a good selection of local maps.

We also hold the civic records of Chippenham Borough Council, its predecessor and successor authorities from 1554 to the present day.

These, and a unique collection of local trade directories, and the minute books of the former Calne and Chippenham Rural District Council, are available to researchers in our dedicated research room.

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Our volunteers are the backbone of our museum – we currently have 77 volunteers donating almost 8,000 hours a year.

The work they do ranges from meeting and greeting the visitors, helping with enquiries and promoting the museum as the face of the galleries. There are behind the scenes roles too with opportunities to get involved with looking after the collections, research and photography

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, call us on 01249 705020 or email

Friends of the Museum

Visit the Friends webpage here to find out more

Our friends organisation began in 2012 to provide support by raising money, promoting activities and organising an enjoyable social programme.

Many members also help as volunteers. Friends are invited to exhibition openings, book launches, talks, excursions and special activities, free of charge.  There is a regular newsletter for friends and volunteers.

A coffee afternoon is organised on the first Friday of the month at 2pm. Membership of the friends group is free to wardens and volunteers or £5 for adults and £1 for juniors.

If you would like to join the friends group, call 01249 705020 or email

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