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Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Free entry
Open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
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.


Current exhibition

Opening Soon: The power of Maps logoPower of Maps

6th March – 30th September 2017 

Maps are everywhere; on our streets, in our cars and we even carry them around with us on our phones. They are easy to take for granted. Power of Maps, reveals there is more to the common map than first meets the eye.

Featuring maps of Chippenham and the wider area, spanning nearly 400 years, the exhibition explores how this human expression of a place can accidentally or intentionally influence our ideas and behaviour.

Alongside the exhibition will be an exciting programme of activities and events, with plenty of opportunities to get involved with all things maps!

What’s On

Opening soon:KnowYourPlaceLogo final Know Your Place

6th March – 28th April at the  Yelde Hall

This cutting-edge display is coming to Chippenham as part of a tour to 12 venues across the West of England.

Featuring images from archives, museums and heritage collections, Know Your Place gives a unique insight into the history of the places where we live, work and visit.

Know Your Place exhibition - available in person and onlineOn display will also be objects that explore the long history of Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall.

This exhibition is part of Know Your Place – West of England, a digital mapping project.

Know Your Place is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.




Museum Volunteers


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 our visitors, helping with enquiries and promoting the museum to getting involved with looking after the collections, carrying out research and photography.

If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic and friendly group of volunteers, click on the links below to find out about our current volunteering opportunities:

Collections Volunteers

Front of House Volunteers – Yelde Hall

An application form can be downloaded here:

Volunteer Application Form

Please return you completed form to the museum. If you have any questions or to find out more, call us on 01249 705020 or email


Find out more about Learning and Outreach at the museum

Museum Gallery 1

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.


Friends of the Museum

Visit the Friends webpage here to find out more

Our friends group was formed in 2012 to provide support for the museum by raising money, promoting activities and organising an enjoyable social programme.

Friends are invited to exhibition openings, book launches, talks and special activities, free of charge. Excursions are organised to places of interest. There is a regular newsletter for both friends and volunteers

A coffee afternoon is held on the first Friday of the month at 2pm. Just turn up.

Membership of the friends group is £5 for adults and £1 for juniors.

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

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The Town Hall,
High Street
Wiltshire  SN15 3ER
Phone: +44 (0) 1249 446699

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