Chippenham Museum’s highly anticipated new exhibition ‘Goldiggers’ opened to the public on Saturday 1 February, with over 170 people visiting on the first day to view memories and memorabilia telling the story of this iconic Chippenham venue. The exhibition is free to enjoy until Saturday 25 April, opening 10am to 4pm every day except Sundays.
Cllr Teresa Hutton, Chair of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure committee said of the exhibition;
“This exhibition is a brilliant opportunity to delve into the history of popular culture in Chippenham with an array of nostalgic memorabilia to enjoy. I myself have great memories of Goldiggers and saw a lot of groups during the 80’s. I even had my hen party there.”
The exhibition follows a two year project in collaboration with Wiltshire College and University Centre during which Media Production students interviewed former staff and club goers to produce short documentary film, excerpts of which feature in the exhibition.
View a trailer for the Goldiggers documentary film here:
Goldiggers began life as the Gaumont cinema in 1936 before opening as a nightclub in 1981 and welcoming a huge variety of acts ranging from Iron Maiden to Tommy Cooper and Bananarama. The club was a venue on BBC Sight and Sound and was at one time owned by Richard Branson. The exhibition combines posters, flyers, autographs and fashion to evoke memories of nights out at Goldiggers in the 80s and 90s.
Chippenham Museum is planning several events associated with the exhibition including a Vintage & Vinyl Market in the Yelde Hall on Saturday 29 February and an 80s Quiz in the museum and library on Friday 13 March with bookings opening for this soon.
Goldiggers is free to visit and open until Saturday 25 April. Chippenham Museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility, is open 10am to 4pm every day except Sunday including Bank Holidays with two floors of galleries and level access throughout.