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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.


What’s on

Heritage Open Days

September 8, 9 and 10

We are opening the Yelde Hall, Museum and Neeld and Town Halls for Heritage Open Days, a national celebration of our fantastic history, architecture and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Chippenham Town Council is putting on special displays and ‘behind the scenes’ tours of three of the town’s finest historic buildings, allowing access to areas usually closed to the public.

Visit the Heritage Open Days website for more information


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Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Free creative activities for ages 5 to 11!

Week One: Saxon Fun
Week Two: Medieval Madness
Week Three: Scrap Art
Week Four: Prehistoric Play
Week Five: Willow Lantern Making (There is a small charge for this activity)


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From Old Chapel Field, The artist Robin Tanner at home in Kington Langley

May 17 2016 to September 17 2016.

Entry is free.

Why not join a member of the collections team for a free tour of our Robin Tanner exhibition, highlighting some of the lesser known stories behind the objects on display. Click here for more information.


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


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

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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