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Happy Birthday to us! Curator Melissa Barnett looks back on twenty years of Chippenham Museum

“It started with a bang, but no one thought it would last. Chippenham just doesn’t want a museum, they said. Public interest, it was forecast, would fade and die. But a small group of volunteers, who organize the museum project in the ancient Yelde Hall, Chippenham have proved them all wrong” The Chronicle – May 1964 …

Guest Blog: Heritage Management MA student reflects on placement with Chippenham Museum

For the past few months the Chippenham Museum team have been joined by Bath Spa University student Rachel Dacey for her placement. Studying for a Master’s degree in Heritage Management, Rachel has researched, planned and installed a social history exhibit focused on the influence that Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. had on the everyday lives …

Our Work Experience with Chippenham Museum

Arthur and Lawrisa from Hardenhuish School completed their Year 10 Work Experience with the team at Chippenham Museum this week. During their time at the museum the students completed a number of tasks including supporting the development of family activities, learning about customer service whilst welcoming visitors and producing a short film about the museum …

My Work Experience with Chippenham Town Council

Harry from Sheldon School has joined Chippenham Town Council this week to complete his Year 10 Work Experience, working with the teams at both Chippenham Museum and The Neeld Community & Arts Centre. Describe the range of things you’ve been doing during your work experience: I’ve met a lot of new people, welcomed visitors and …

Guest Blog: in our latest ARTSPACE blog John Stocks shares more about the work of Doreen Heaton and Peter Potworowski

Doreen Heaton was a young art school student at the Bath Academy of Art , Corsham when she met and fell in love with the charismatic Polish painter, Peter Potworowski. Peter, a veteran of the First World War Uhlan Lancers fighting against the Germans, a student of Ferdinand Leger in Paris, and a member of …

Guest blog: Heritage Consultant Beth Thomas Reviews Artspace Exhibition at Chippenham Museum

I had the pleasure of visiting Chippenham Museum recently and was able to catch the Sarah Purvey retrospective ‘A Decade On‘. This is part of a programme of short exhibitions celebrating the huge wealth of creative talent in Wiltshire. The exhibition was held in the Museum’s elegant temporary exhibition space. I wasn’t familiar with Sarah’s …