What’s On at Chippenham Museum

VE Day 75 Celebration


On Friday 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the end of War in Europe.

The anniversary will provide an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of those who lived through this time and to joyously celebrate, as then, the arrival of peace in Europe. To commemorate this, Chippenham Town Council will be joining the nation by organising and coordinating a programme of free events in the heart of the town.

On a bandstand stage in the Market Place there will be a programme of dancing, singing, theatre and even a 40s themed fashion show led by local community groups. This will be supported by local re-enactment groups and walking performers. Other events in the town include a vintage fair at the Yelde Hall, an exhibition at St Paul’s Church, a concert at the Consti Club, a lecture at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and readings at the Library.

Those who remember the day, plus a guest, are invited to a free special lunch party with the Mayor at 12.30pm. To book for this, please contact Chippenham Museum. The Mayor will be leading the nation’s toast to those who gave so much for us all at 3pm in the Market Place. The event will close at 7pm with the ringing of the town bells at St Andrew’s Church.

For further details about any of the events taking place in Chippenham for VE Day contact Chippenham Museum on 01249 705020 or heritage@chippenham.gov.uk Please also contact the museum if you are planning an event that you would like to be added to our publicity.

Adult Creative Workshops

Chippenham Museum is starting a new programme of adult workshops, with a variety of skills available to try and enjoy each month from Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020. No experience is necessary. Please note tickets are non-refundable.

Lace Making with For the Love of Lace


£18, booking essential. This workshop is now fully booked.

Try your hand at the age old craft of lacemaking. During this three hour adult creative workshop  you will be taught one traditional stitch, using modern materials and patterns. You will be taking home something a little different!

Local maker Teresa Wheeler shares her enthusiasm for lace making through demonstrations and shows as ‘For the Love of Lace’ and is a member of The Lace Guild and The Lace Society. Inspired as a child watching lacemaking at the Royal Bath & West Show, Teresa enjoys using antique and vintage lace tools to keep the art of lacemaking alive and inspire others.

Printmaking with Sam Heath


£20, booking essential. This workshop is now fully booked.

Explore the monotype printmaking process with local artist Sam Heath. This liberating medium combines painting, drawing and printmaking techniques. During this workshop you will be introduced to various approaches for capturing form, texture and atmosphere.

This session will start with a short demonstration of the monotype process. We will then experiment with various techniques including with a small press. The monotype process is a great introduction to printmaking and perfect for complete beginners. All materials provided but please bring some drawings, objects or photographs to work from.

We will be launching more workshop dates for Autumn/Winter 2020

Regular Activities for children & families


Discovery Time

Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays), 10.15am-12.00noon, at the museum

£1.50 per child

Messy play for under 5s. Develop their creative side with crafts, paints, toys, sandpit and more!

Please note this session takes place upstairs (with lift access) in the museum’s Education Room with buggy parking downstairs in the museum.

The Photo Club

Mondays, 4pm – 5pm

£5 per session, ages 11 – 17, booked termly via The Photo Club directly at info@thephotoclub.co or 07773193817

The Photo Club  provides camera and photography equipment for young people to use at this after-school club at no extra cost. The Photo Club run photography projects for young people to learn new skills and be creative. The club aims to improve self-expression and motivation, focusing focus on activities to help mental health and wellbeing while capturing great images and having fun. Click here to visit The Photo Club’s website.

West Wiltshire Young Archeologists Club (YAC)

Last Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm

£5 per session, ages 8 – 16 , contact club directly to book here

West Wiltshire YAC is open to everyone aged 8–16 years. YAC clubs get involved in all sorts of activities, including visiting and investigating archaeological sites and historic places, trying out traditional crafts, taking part in excavations, and lots more.

Regular Activities for adults

Crafty Café

Mondays 2pm – 3.30pm, fortnightly. Upcoming dates:  24 February, 9 & 23 March,  6 & 20 April

Free entry, no need to book just drop in

Grab your needlework or knitting and join us every other Monday for an afternoon of craft, coffee and conversation at Chippenham Museum. A chance to talk with other crafters, swap patterns, share skills and get advice if you are stuck on a stitch!  A fun and social way to share your hobby and maybe learn a new one?