Chippenham Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its new entrance and retail space. Over the past few months, what was once an exhibition gallery has been transformed into a larger and brighter visitor entrance enabling the museum to offer a greater selection of gifts and souvenirs including items produced by local artists and craftspeople.
Cllr Desna Allen, Chair of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure Committee said; ”The new retail offer in the museum will offer a better range of gifts and souvenirs whilst offering opportunities to local makers and artists to sell and show their work.”
Leader of the Council Sandie Webb said; “This is a major project for Chippenham Town Council. It will enhance Chippenham’s retail offer, increase the museum’s visibility and encourage more people to visit the town.”
The new entrance opens out onto the Market Place and enhances the building’s Georgian frontage, with the existing entrance remaining as a level entry to the museum.
Chippenham Museum Curator Melissa Barnett said “We see the completion of this project as a crucial step in developing our presence in the Market Place. We would like to thank our superb team of over 40 volunteers, without whom the project wouldn’t have been possible.”
Alongside this work the majority of the museum’s displays are currently being refreshed with more items on display than ever before, making now the perfect time to discover or re-visit Chippenham Museum.
Melissa continues “We were thrilled to recently achieve 100% in the recent mystery shopper surveys conducted by Chippenham BID. Our entrance and retail space now fully reflects the warm and friendly welcome given by our volunteers and staff.”
Chippenham Museum has also recently opened a new temporary exhibition gallery. Current exhibition, touring from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, celebrates the work of artist F.L. Griggs and is open until 16 June. This will be followed by a summer season of events to accompany an exhibition celebrating Georgian Chippenham, opening on 14 July.
Chippenham Museum is run by Chippenham Town Council and tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and the surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day. The museum, located in the Market Place, is free to explore and open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm including bank holidays.