Call us: 01249 446699

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

9-10 Market Place, Chippenham, SN15 3HF
01249 705020

Free entry, open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Housed in an 18th century townhouse, Chippenham Museum tells the fascinating story of this historic market town from its prehistoric origins to the present day.

Learn about the town’s development, through its connections to river, road and rail and explore its surprising links to Alfred the Great and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

See our regularly changing displays in our temporary exhibition gallery or take part in our varied programme of walks, talks, children’s activities and special events. Visit our museum shop selling a wide range of souvenirs, books and gifts inspired by the museum’s collections.

Why not also visit Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall, just a two minute walk from the museum? Open Friday – Saturday, 10.30am-3.30pm, entry free.


Current exhibitions

Festival of Britain ExhibitionWhat’s On

Museum Gallery 1Learning and Outreach

Museum Volunteers

Get involved

Volunteering at Chippenham Museum

Our volunteers are the backbone of our museum. The work they do ranges from meeting and greeting our visitors to getting involved with looking after the collections.

Volunteer Opportunity: Yelde Hall Welcome Volunteer

Share your passion for the local area in this visitor facing role at Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall.
The Yelde Hall is free to visit and one of Chippenham’s most iconic buildings. It is one of few remaining timber buildings in the town and was built in the mid-15th century as the town’s meeting place. Since then the building has served a variety of purposes such as a site for local government and as the town fire station.

This role will include:

  • Creating a friendly welcome
  • Answering questions where possible about the building and town
  • Keeping a tally of visitors and cash handling

Currently there are opportunities to volunteer in this role on Saturdays from either 10.30am to 1pm or 1pm to 3.30pm. This can be every week or every other week.

What we are looking for:
This role would suit those with a friendly and approachable manner who would enjoy helping both visitors and residents learn something new about Chippenham.
This role would be of interest to those who are seeking to gain further experience in public facing positions. Equally those seeking to gain experience of working in the heritage sector would be an asset to the team.

What we can offer:

The benefits of volunteering with Chippenham Museum at the Yelde Hall include:

  • Improving your understanding of the heritage of the local area
  • Making a difference to visitors’ experience of the local area
  • Meeting new people as part of the Chippenham Museum volunteer team
  • Developing communication skills
  • Increasing cash handling experience
  • Opportunities to assist with other volunteering roles and projects

If you are interested in joining our enthusiastic and friendly group of volunteers, please complete our Volunteer Application Form and return it to the museum. If you have any questions or want to find out more, call us on 01249 705020 or email

Click here to view this opportunity on the Do It website.

Friends of the Museum

Our friends group supports the museum by raising money, promoting activities and organising an enjoyable social programme. As well as a regular newsletter Friends are invited to exhibition openings, talks and special activities

If you are interested in joining the friends group, please visit the Friends website to find out more.

Museum and Heritage Centre


Recent posts



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

Cookies and privacy

Our website uses cookies.
View more information about this and our Privacy Policy.

Website accessibility

View our website accessibility online

If you need to view this site as a text-only version please contact us.