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 Exhibition

ARTSPACE@Chippenham Museum

4 May – 16 July, free entry

Artspace@Chippenaham Museum is a new annual season dedicated to showcasing the best of new and local art. From May to July our temporary exhibition gallery will host a programme of specially curated displays changing every two weeks.

A Decade On – Drawing and Sculpture by Sarah Purvey

Saturday 4 May to Friday 17 May

Spanning ten years of creativity, this exhibition brings together new works, with loans from public and private collections, to showcase Sarah Purvey’s continual development and evolution as an artist.

Based in Calne, Sarah Purvey creates powerful, sculptural ceramics which combine monumentality and subtlety to unique effect. Her sculptures and drawings are united by a bold and confident use of mark making, and their expression of the inner journey and personal landscape of the artist.

Sarah will be hosting an opportunity to find out more about her work on Saturday 4 May

Artist biography

Enchanted – The Magic of Nature

Saturday 18 May to Friday 31 May

From dark and decadent to earthy and ethereal this exhibition presents nature at its most magical. Gold, silver and other precious metals prevail in the work of local artists and designers who explore landscape and nature in their work.

Doreen Heaton Potworowska (1930-2014)

Saturday 1 June to Friday 14 June

Doreen Heaton Potworowska studied at the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham in the early 1950’s were she was taught by and later married the Polish artist, Peter Potworowski. Her abstract paintings show the influence of this marriage and draw on her experience of life in Poland. This selling show is curated by John Stocks at AM Fine Art.

Perception: Viewing the world differently

Saturday 15 June to Friday 28 June

For the first time this exhibition brings together the work of artists Rachel Heard, Laura Kirkpatrick, Sam Perry, Celia Smith and Chris Warren. Through multimedia paintings, wooden constructions, wire sculptures and drawings made using a typewriter; this exhibition invites the viewer to think again about the world around them.


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.