What’s On at Chippenham Museum

Family Events

Canal Days

Tuesday 19 & Thursday 21 February, 10.30am to 12pm & 1pm to 2.30pm

Free entry

Meet the volunteers of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust this half-term at Chippenham’s medieval Yelde Hall and have a go at lots of fun free activities celebrating Chippenham’s local canal.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is a charitable organisation working to preserve, conserve and improve the route of the historic Wilts & Berks canal once came into the heart of Chippenham.

This free drop-in activity is suitable for ages 5 – 11, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Exhibition & Associated Events

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

1 February – 23 April 2019

Click here for details


Objects in Focus

Join us for a series of short introductory talks which explore the stories behind some of the objects on display and how they help our understanding of the past.

Thursday 7 February, 1pm – The Chippenham Gladiator Bowl

Thursday 14 February, 1pm – Wedding Dresses from the Collection

Thursday 21 February, 1pm – The Ambrose Neate Watch

Friday 1 March, 1pm – Mayor of Lowden Chain

Friday 8 March, 1pm – Reconstructing of Saxon Chippenham

Tuesday 12 March, 1pm – Modern Collecting

Thursday 21 March, 1pm – Indexing the Spinke’s Directories

Friday 29 March, 1pm – Betty Hooper’s gift from her Starlettes

Wednesday 3 March, 1pm – Florence Hancock

Wednesday 10 March, 1pm – A Saxon Spearhead

Westinghouse Memories

Saturday 16 February 10am – 4pm

Free entry, drop-in

Drop in and share your memories of Westinghouse and its legacy in the town. See some of the objects recently added to the museum’s Westinghouse collection and learn about our plans to document this important industry in Chippenham.

Goldiggers Remembered

Saturday 16 March 10am – 4pm

Free entry, drop-in

Did you rock out to Iron Maiden at Goldiggers? Or dance with Devotion? If so join the museum and Wiltshire College staff and students for our special Goldiggers Remembered day. Bring along your memorabilia and share your memories of Chippenham’s famous music scene.

Richard Broadhead – ‘Finding the Forgotten’

Thursday 31 January 7pm

£4, booking essential

Historian and author Richard Broadhead has, for a number of years, been researching casualties of the Great War. Richard has written a number of books focussed on Wiltshire towns providing detailed information on each casualty. Find out more about his work and those who fought and died in WW1 in this interesting and moving talk.

Regular Activities

Discovery Time

Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.15am-12.00noon, at the museum

Messy play for under 5s. Develop their creative side with crafts, paints, toys, sandpit and more!

Please note this session takes place upstairs in the museum’s Education Room with buggy parking downstairs in the museum.


Chippenham Pastfinders

First Saturday of the month, 10.30am-12pm

£4 per child, call museum to reserve your place

Chippenham Museum’s monthly session for accompanied children aged 6 – 11 where you can explore history, get creative and discover new stories.

2 February: Chinese New Year
2 March: What’s in the Stores?
6 April: Historic Easter
4 May: Artspace
1 June: Dig it
6 July: Back in Time

Please note this session doesn’t run in January or August.