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Chippenham Museum Launches Online Exhibition & Events

22nd January 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Loose Threads: The Don Little Collection X Bath Textile Artists’ is now open to visit on Chippenham Town Council’s website here. The exhibition was due to open on 9 January before lockdown came into effect and the museum closed its doors. Now visitors can experience the exhibition, online talks and a …

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Lockdown Inspiration with Chippenham Museum

7th January 2021 / Museum blog

As we find ourselves in lockdown at the start of 2021, lets look to our growing Covid Collection for ideas to stay safe, well and entertained. Since the start of the pandemic Chippenham’s community and businesses have donated items that represent their experiences during Covid-19. We’re still documenting our town’s response to this time in …

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The Story of Twelfth Night 878AD

5th January 2021 / Museum, Museum blog

This time last year we were preparing for our annual Twelfth Night event. With the help of local author Geoff Hill and some inspiring re-enactors we were getting ready to celebrate all things Saxon and share the story of Chippenham’s Royal connections and its role in the events of 878AD. Things are different this year …

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Museum Makers Gift Guide

16th November 2020 / Museum blog

​ Here at Chippenham Museum we support a wide variety of local artists and makers in our shop. As we look to shop local and support those around us in the build up to Christmas, we ‘d like to share some gift ideas with you.  All available through our online shop! With free Chippenham delivery …

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Spotlight On: Sarah Purvey concludes our artist’s blog series

14th July 2020 / Museum, Museum blog

“The new art collection Chippenham Museum is building is an absolute joy and privilege to be a part of. The new collection celebrates the area of North Wiltshire and its rich art history. It highlights historical art and connections to the area including Bath Academy of Art and celebrates contemporary artists living and working in …

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Partying 1940s Style: Part 4 – What party music mix should I have?

7th May 2020 / Museum, Museum blog

For our final VE Day party blog we consider that tricky party question… What party music mix should I have? Putting together that ultimate party play list can be very tricky. Trying to satisfy everyone’s taste in music is almost impossible these days. This is perhaps the one time that it might have been easier …

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Partying 1940s Style: Part 3 – What should I wear?

6th May 2020 / Museum, Museum blog

Today’s VE Day party blog considers that most important of party questions …. What should I wear? I am sure that we have all at some point let out that plaintive cry “I have nothing to wear”, but with most probably a wardrobe full of clothes, we have to admit that this is not strictly …

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Partying 1940s Style: Part 2 – How can you make party food without flour?

5th May 2020 / Museum, Museum blog

For the second of our VE Day party blogs (answering those really important party questions) we consider how you make party food without flour? The current shortages of a few items in our shops has come as a bit of a shock to us all. We are not accustomed to being rationed to one pack …

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Partying 1940s Style: Celebrate VE Day in lockdown

4th May 2020 / Museum, Museum blog

After Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces, bringing to an end the hostilities of the Second World War in Europe, Winston Churchill declared 8 May 1945 Victory in Europe Day and made it a national holiday. All across the country people took to the streets to celebrate and in Chippenham the newspaper reported… On Friday …

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Night Club Nostalgia: impact of the Goldiggers Project

7th April 2020 / Museum blog

In 1981 Goldiggers night club opened in the former Gaumont Cinema building in Timber Street. It became the premier night club for the region and an important venue in the music scene of the 80s and 90s. However, while the general history of the club was well known, the part it played in the lives …

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