Work begins on new museum entrance

9th February 2018 / News archive

Chippenham Museum is pleased to announce the start of building works for its new entrance and retail space. Over the next two months, what was once an exhibition gallery will be transformed into a larger and brighter visitor entrance. These will enable the museum to offer a greater selection gifts and souvenirs including items produced by local craftspeople.

The museum will remain open to visitors whilst the work is taking place, including during the half term and Easter holidays, but will close for one week commencing Monday 19 March.

The new entrance will open out onto the Market Place and enhance the building’s historic features as the Georgian townhouse it once was. Alongside this work the majority of the museum’s displays are currently being refreshed with more items on display than ever before, making now the perfect time to discover or re-visit Chippenham Museum.

This project follows the recent completion of a new temporary exhibition gallery at the museum. The gallery will host an exciting changing exhibition programme accompanied by a series of associated talks, activities and events. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, the space will allow the museum to borrow amazing objects from National Museums such as the British Museum and the V&A and tell more of the fascinating stories that make Chippenham and surrounding villages so special. Current exhibition Creative Wiltshire is open until 17 March and features the work of many influential artists who moved to North Wiltshire during the 20th century.

Chippenham Museum is run by Chippenham Town Council and tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and the surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day.  The museum, located in the Market Place, is free to explore and open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.