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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. The frequency of volunteering with the museum can vary to suit individual needs, ranging from taking part in occasional activities to volunteering for a couple of hours every week. For example, many of our front of house volunteers join us for 3 hours every fortnight.

To apply as a volunteer, please click here to download and complete our Volunteer Application Form.

Paper copies are also available from the museum. Forms can be returned in person or emailed to

Additional to specific opportunities listed below, we are always happy to discuss your individual interests and ways in which you may like to volunteer within the team. Please visit the museum, call 01249 705020 or email if you would like to discuss anything relating to volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunity: Welcome Volunteers

Share your passion for the local area in this visitor facing role at Chippenham Museum and the Yelde Hall.

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. Visitors can 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.

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 museum and local area
  • Keeping a tally of visitors and cash handling

There are currently opportunities to join our Welcome Volunteer team for the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays: 1 – 4pm once a fortnight
  • Fridays: 10am – 1pm once a week or once a fortnight
  • Saturdays: 10am – 1pm once a week or once a fortnight
  • Saturdays: 1pm – 4pm once a week or once a fortnight

We also welcome volunteers who are able to join us on a more ad-hoc basis at varying dates and times.

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
  • Free parking when volunteering

We hold summer and Christmas parties to thank our volunteers for their support and all volunteers can enjoy a free annual trip with the museum. In 2017 we visited The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading and Aldbourne village and Heritage Centre.

Volunteer News

Celebrated Volunteer Retires

Volunteers and staff of Chippenham Museum gathered on Friday 15th September to say a fond farewell and thank you to David Affleck, photographed above, one of the museum’s longest serving volunteers. Mr Affleck, who will be 99 in November, has volunteered with the museum since opening in 1963 and has been a great supporter of the museum ever since.

Chippenham Museum Curator Melissa Barnett said “David is a very well thought of member of the museum team and has been a great source of information about the town’s past. He will be fondly missed by his fellow volunteers and we cannot thank him enough for his support over the years.”

Mr Affleck grew up and has lived in Chippenham throughout his life, leaving to serve in the Army during the Second World War. From 1939 to 1945 David served in the Royal Engineers and was based in North Africa at Alexandria and Port Said Docks, eventually becoming a Captain and second in command of a docks maintenance company.  After returning from the war, David resumed working in the surveying department for Chippenham Borough Council where he became Deputy Borough Surveyor, with his main areas of work being surveying for sewage disposal, water supply and roads.

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 click here to visit the Friends website to find out more.



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