Current exhibition

What’s in Store: Behind the Scenes at Chippenham Museum

1 February to 23 April, free entry

A rare opportunity to view objects from the museum stores and find out about what happens behind the scenes to care for the museum’s collection of over 35,000 objects. Visit our events page to find out about Store Tours and Object in Focus sessions running alongside this exhibition.

A museum has many functions, but at the heart of all they do is their collection. Objects can link us to the past and make us think about present. They can generate a sense of place, ownership and identity. Through them we can better understand the world around us and ultimately ourselves.

But to do this, museums must balance caring for its collections while ensuring they remain accessible to all. Museums must also be living and responsive places, adding to and developing their collections and how they use them, to remain relevant to society today.

This exhibition shows some of the hidden activities that go on behind the scenes at Chippenham Museum to ensure its collections are cared for to be enjoyed by current and future generations.

Future Exhibitions

ARTSPACE @ Chippenham Museum

4 May – 16 July, free entry

From May to July 2019, Chippenham Museum is looking for local artists, designers and makers to be involved in a new annual programme of exhibitions and displays.

ARTSPACE@Chippenham Museum is open to solo artists working across any medium and to individuals or groups of artists interested in exhibiting together.

 Spaces are available for 2-4 weeks between 4 May – 16 July
 Single or double gallery spaces are available
 Change over day on Fridays
 Opportunities to sell items in museum shop and hold workshops and events to further showcase your work

If you are an artist and would like to find out more about the space and dates available, further details are available here . To apply, please complete an ARTSPACE exhibitor form and return by email to heritage@chippenham.gov.uk .

The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 February , with successful artists notified by early March.

If you would like to discuss your application please call the museum on 01249 705020 or email heritage@chippenham.gov.uk

Special Displays

Toys from the Past

Our new display of toys from the past brings a little nostalgia to the festive session. Come and see the collection of 19th and 20th century dolls, models and construction toys and join in the fun with our children’s activities.

To Have and To Hold

This spring our costume display showcases some of the changing fashions in wedding dresses from the museum collection. Included are also more recent wedding dresses worn by members of the museum team.