Crime and Punishment – 180 years of Wiltshire Police
Saturday 3 August to Saturday 28 September
This exhibition explores crime and punishment from the Saxon period through to the present day. It marks 180 years of Wiltshire Police (the first and best!) and will include loans from their historic police collection, including early uniforms, handcuffs and shackles!
Westinghouse – A Social History
This special summer display, looks at the wide variety of clubs, organisations and societies, set up by and for employees of this famous company.
Putting On A Show
Celebrating 40 years of CLOGS Musical Theatre, this display includes costume, props and memorabilia from several of their most famous productions including Oklahoma and the Merry Widow.
Chippenham Museum collects and cares for nearly 35,000 objects relating to Chippenham and its surrounding towns and villages.
These items range in date from the Neolithic period to the present day and cover geology, archaeology, and the artistic and social history of people in this area. Click on the images above to discover Highlights from the collection.
Significant parts of the collection include:
Offers to the collection
The museum welcomes offers of objects relating to the local area for the collection. Resources are limited so we are unable to accept everything that is offered, especially large items. Our Collections Development Policy outlines the objects we do and do not collect, and lists the 26 parishes in our collecting area.
If you wish to make an offer, it is best to contact the museum before bringing the item in.
The majority of items from the collection can be viewed by appointment in our Research Room. To make an appointment please contact the museum.
The museum welcomes research enquiries about its collections; however it is unable to carry out in-depth research on an individual’s or organisation’s behalf. The museum is instead happy to assist and encourage researchers to use the collections and facilities available at the museum. Please contact the museum with your enquiry and a member of staff will be able to advise of items that may be of interest.
The museum is happy to look at objects for identification. It is best to contact the museum before bringing the item in. If we are unable to help we will advise who may be able to assist.
Please note that we are unable to give valuations.