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Glorious Gloves! The Latest Addition to the Museum Collection

13th May 2022 / Museum blog

Costume and textile items from the 17th century are already extremely rare, but what makes these gloves even more special is their possible link to an important local family, the Sharington-Talbots of Lacock Abbey. During the Tudor and Stuart periods, gloves such as these were symbols of wealth and sophistication. They were unlikely to have …

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Guest Blog: work experience student William shares his research into a 200 year old sword

18th March 2022 / Museum, Museum blog

During my week of work experience at Chippenham Museum I was able to take on many tasks and attempt many activities, one of these was researching a pattern 1796 light cavalry sabre from the museum storage. The sabre was initially designed by a British Cavalry Officer in the 16th Light Dragoons named John Gaspard le …

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Guest Blog: Mark Golder for LGBTQ+ History Month

17th February 2022 / Museum blog

Mark Golder reflects on LGBT+ themes within our current exhibition ‘Wiltshire on Paper: Post-War Prints From the Bath Academy of Art’, open until 2 April. This exhibition has been made possible thanks to Mark Golder and Brian Thompson’s generous gift of works to Chippenham Museum’s permanent collection, in memory of their friend Arthur Norman.   …

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Ordinary Objects with Extraordinary Stories

15th February 2022 / Museum, Museum blog

In the UK, February is LGBT+ history month. Queer stories have often been overlooked or marginalised, so in this blog we take a look at the stories behind everyday objects in our collection that reveal the lives and experiences of some of the LGBTQ+ community both past and present.

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The Importance of Twelfth Night for the History of our Town

5th January 2022 / Museum, Museum blog, Uncategorised

Today Christmas is mainly celebrated on 25 December, however historically this was seen as the beginning of the festive period, with 12 days of feasting and celebrating, concluding on Twelfth Night. The actual date for Twelfth Night depends on how the 12 days of Christmas are calculated, with different Christian traditions giving it as either …

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Spotlight On: Chloe Yandell

26th May 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

I first came to Bath in 1996 to study a BA (Hons) in Conceptional Fine Art at Bath College of Higher Education which during my time changed to Bath Spa University College. I instantly fell in love with Bath and its surrounding areas and have stayed ever since. I further gained a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design.

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Spotlight On: Sheona Beaumont

I’m Sheona Beaumont, and I live in Sherston near Malmesbury. My practice is in photography and writing, straddling both creative and academic work. I love photography history, and the way that its technology is a layered thing – so as well as taking pictures, I work with found images and interlace them digitally in various ways. I also write about photography’s connections with faith and religion, as seeing has so many elements of believing.

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Spotlight On: Amy-Jane Blackhall

29th April 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

“My name is Amy-Jane Blackhall and I have a print studio located just outside of Corsham called Ink on Paper Press. I work in a variety of processes, but mostly print based. I would say my work tends to lean towards abstraction.” Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’. 

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Spotlight On: Jane Turner

“The local and the seasonal inform my projects and I use a documentary style. My work considers the balance between nature and culture.” Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’.

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Spotlight On: Anna Gillespie

“I am a figurative sculptor working in a variety of materials including plaster, wax, bronze and found objects.  I have a studio at the old Slaughterford paper mill and live nearby outside the village of Colerne.” Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’. 

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