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black and white photograph of a gentleman (head and shoulders) , a green fern leaf and wording Kilvert's World 5 July - 9 October

Kilvert’s World

5 July – 9 October 

2020 marked 150 years since the Rev. Francis Kilvert first began his diaries, now enjoyed across the globe for their enchanting accounts of rural life in Victorian Britain.

Born in Chippenham, Kilvert went on to be curate for his father in Langley Burrell. Explore the shades of Kilvert’s world and the local area through his diary entries.

Featuring two of the three surviving manuscripts, on loan from The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Online Exhibitions

Chippenham Station 180

An exhibition celebrating the heritage of Chippenham Station, 180 years after the station opened on 31 May 1841. Enjoy a journey through the station’s history from Victorian times to the present day.

Loose Threads: The Don Little Collection X Bath Textile Artists

A celebration of the heritage of Chippenham and the surrounding area, Loose Threads is a collaborative exhibition between Chippenham Museum and Bath Textile Artists.

Goldiggers

Following a two year project in collaboration with Wiltshire College & University Centre, this exhibition opened at the museum on 1 February until the March 2020 lockdown and brings together memories and memorabilia to tell the story of this iconic Chippenham venue.

In the Yelde Hall

Through a Lens

9 – 24 July

Free entry, open Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am – 3.30pm

A special pop-up display of photography from Chippenham Museum’s growing collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Food Glorious Food: A Celebration of Local and Seasonal

Tuesday 27 July – Saturday 7 August 

Free entry, 10.30am – 3.30pm, closed Sunday

Displays by local artists, growers, photographers and eco-groups with activities for all ages. By The Food School, a volunteer-led community group based in Chippenham.

Loose Threads: The Don Little Collection X Bath Textile Artists

Fridays and Saturdays 13 – 28 August

Free entry, 10.30am – 3.30pm

A celebration of the heritage of Chippenham and the surrounding area, Loose Threads is a collaborative exhibition between Chippenham Museum and Bath Textile Artists. The exhibition centres on the work of Bath Textile Artists responding to the museum’s Don Little Collection. Donald Little lived in Chippenham his entire life and bequeathed to Chippenham Museum his vast collection of postcards, photographs and ephemera relating to the town.

Enjoy artworks in a range of techniques including appliqué , silk painting and collage, with many works for sale. This exhibition opened virtually in January 2021 whilst in lockdown, and the museum and artists are delighted to be able to open the exhibition in person.