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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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Happy Birthday to us! 20 years of Chippenham Museum

23rd March 2020 / Museum, Museum blog

“It started with a bang, but no one thought it would last. Chippenham just doesn’t want a museum, they said. Public interest, it was forecast, would fade and die. But a small group of volunteers, who organize the museum project in the ancient Yelde Hall, Chippenham have proved them all wrong” The Chronicle – May 1964 …

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Guest Blog: Student reflects on placement

12th August 2019 / Museum, Museum blog

For the past few months the Chippenham Museum team have been joined by Bath Spa University student Rachel Dacey for her placement. Studying for a Master’s degree in Heritage Management, Rachel has researched, planned and installed a social history exhibit focused on the influence that Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. had on the everyday lives …

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Our Work Experience with Chippenham Museum

20th July 2019 / Museum, Museum blog

Arthur and Lawrisa from Hardenhuish School completed their Year 10 Work Experience with the team at Chippenham Museum this week. During their time at the museum the students completed a number of tasks including supporting the development of family activities, learning about customer service whilst welcoming visitors and producing a short film about the museum …

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My Work Experience with Chippenham Town Council

14th June 2019 / Museum, Museum blog

Harry from Sheldon School has joined Chippenham Town Council this week to complete his Year 10 Work Experience, working with the teams at both Chippenham Museum and The Neeld Community & Arts Centre. Describe the range of things you’ve been doing during your work experience: I’ve met a lot of new people, welcomed visitors and …

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Guest Blog: Doreen Heaton and Peter Potworowski

3rd June 2019 / Museum blog

Doreen Heaton was a young art school student at the Bath Academy of Art , Corsham when she met and fell in love with the charismatic Polish painter, Peter Potworowski. Peter, a veteran of the First World War Uhlan Lancers fighting against the Germans, a student of Ferdinand Leger in Paris, and a member of …

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Guest blog: Beth Thomas Reviews Artspace Exhibition

16th May 2019 / Museum, Museum blog

I had the pleasure of visiting Chippenham Museum recently and was able to catch the Sarah Purvey retrospective ‘A Decade On‘. This is part of a programme of short exhibitions celebrating the huge wealth of creative talent in Wiltshire. The exhibition was held in the Museum’s elegant temporary exhibition space. I wasn’t familiar with Sarah’s …

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Guest Blog: Timothy Stoneham ARTSPACE blog

13th May 2019 / Museum blog

Where did you grow up? I was born in Malmesbury and grew up surrounded by the countryside and farming, which is where I gain most of my influences. How did you get into art? As a tea importer and owner of Teahouse Emporium, I decided to paint a series of animals that I could use …

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Guest blog: Jenny Grewal discusses how she became a photographer

Hi, my name is Jenny, and I am a wildlife and nature photographer based in Chippenham, Wiltshire (I am also a vet in my spare time!). I am delighted to have been included in the exhibition of local artists at Chippenham Museum, and I have been asked to write something about myself and the inspiration …

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Guest blog: Millie Weller talks about her Work Placement

5th March 2019 / Museum, Museum blog

I am a student from Wiltshire College studying Travel & Tourism at the Chippenham campus. My course includes researching and learning about the Tourism Industry in terms of its growth, employment opportunities and so much more. We are encouraged to undergo a 60 hour work experience placement during the first year of the course and …

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