Saturday 1 February – Saturday 25 April
Following a two year project in collaboration with Wiltshire College and University Centre, this exhibition brings together memories and memorabilia to tell the story of this iconic Chippenham venue.
Look out for associated events; including a special documentary screening and Vintage & Vinyl Day.
A pop-up display of costumes, photographs and memorabilia from Chippenham Starlettes, who were formed in 1953 by Betty and Bill Hooper as a dancing school for children staging shows in the Neeld and dancing displays for many years.
Chippenham Museum collects and cares for nearly 35,000 objects relating to Chippenham and its surrounding towns and villages.
These items range in date from the Neolithic period to the present day and cover geology, archaeology, and the artistic and social history of people in this area. Click on the images above to discover Highlights from the collection.
Significant parts of the collection include:
Offers to the collection
The museum welcomes offers of objects relating to the local area for the collection. Resources are limited so we are unable to accept everything that is offered, especially large items. Our Collections Development Policy outlines the objects we do and do not collect, and lists the 26 parishes in our collecting area.
If you wish to make an offer, it is best to contact the museum before bringing the item in.
The majority of items from the collection can be viewed by appointment in our Research Room. To make an appointment please contact the museum.
The museum welcomes research enquiries about its collections; however it is unable to carry out in-depth research on an individual’s or organisation’s behalf. The museum is instead happy to assist and encourage researchers to use the collections and facilities available at the museum. Please contact the museum with your enquiry and a member of staff will be able to advise of items that may be of interest.
The museum is happy to look at objects for identification. It is best to contact the museum before bringing the item in. If we are unable to help we will advise who may be able to assist.
Please note that we are unable to give valuations.