Exhibition – What’s in Store: Behind the Scenes at Chippenham Museum
Date: 1 February – 23 April 2019, 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
Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition ‘What’s in Store’ , open from 1 February to 23 April with free entry, shows some of the hidden activities that go on behind the scenes to ensure the museum’s collections are cared for to be enjoyed by current and future generations.
Museum Curator Melissa Barnett said “many people will be surprised about the work that goes on behind the scenes at the museum to care for and interpret the town’s wonderful collections, keeping them safe for the future while at the same time ensuring that they and their stories are accessible to all”
The museum has organised a series of lunchtime talks focusing on a different museum object each week and exploring how they help our understanding of the past. The first talk is on Thursday 7 February at 1 pm and will focus on a Roman Samian Ware bowl excavated in the town last year by Archaeologist Clive Green and recently restored at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre supported through donations to the Friends of Chippenham Museum.
Melissa continues “Our collection is at the heart of all we do. Objects link us to the past and make us think about the present. They can generate a sense of place, ownership and identity and through them we can better understand the world around us and ultimately ourselves. Museums must be living and responsive places, adding to and developing their collections and how they use them, to remain relevant to society today”
Further activities as part of the exhibition programme invite the public to see behind the scenes and to handle items from the collection. Chippenham Museum is a Chippenham Town Council facility, free to visit and open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.