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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
heritage@chippenham.gov.uk

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.

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What’s on

Book Sale at the Museum

From September 5

Snap up a bargain in our autumn book sale! All books at trade prices or less. Fiction, History, Reference Books, Spooky Stories, Local Interest & many more to choose from!

Current exhibition

Lacock: A Changing English Village

September 22 to October 15, open Thurs, Fri and Sat, 11am to 3pm at the Yelde Hall.

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Free entry

During World War Two, Harold White was commissioned by the British Council to produce a set of propaganda photographs depicting idyllic English village life. These are displayed with photographs by David Sage and Bob Bray of the same scenes from Lacock as it is today.

A book, accompanying the exhibiton is also available from the Yelde Hall and the Museum. All proceeds to Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Chippenham Museum

above: photograph by Harold White, featuring from left-right: Sheila Sprules, Bill Minty (Squeker) and Archie Doel (Ticker Doel)

Upcoming exhibition

Costume! Drama!! Thrills!!! – Chippenham and the Festival of Britain

October 3 2016 to March 2017

Performers in the Festival of Britain Pageant

Entry is free.

2016 marks the 65th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. To mark the occasion the museum’s latest exhibition will explore the activities and events held by the town in 1951 as part of the national celebrations.

Look out for our series of special events to coincide with the exhibition and our new Pastfinders trail around the museum.

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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Find out more about our Learning and Outreach

Volunteering

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.

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 heritage@chippenham.gov.uk

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 heritage@chippenham.go.uk

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

enquiries@chippenham.gov.uk

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