Saturday 23 – Saturday 30 October
Free entry, 10am – 4pm everyday except Sunday
This half term join Chippenham Museum’s Photoclub for some free photo fun.
The club’s autumn photographic exhibition and first display together as a group.
Take part in the club’s photographic challenge to see if you can find their favorite objects around the museum.
Wednesday 27 October, 10.30am – 12pm, booking essential here
During the workshop, you will learn how to use your device with confidence. All cameras are welcome, including mobile phones. You will get a chance to use different settings and creative techniques. Take part in a photography challenge hunting around the museum for the best objects to photograph.
Wednesday 27 October, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, booking essential here
Join us as we handle and photograph a collection of museum objects. Learn about their history and how to photograph the object in a professional setting. You will get a chance to use a lightbox and work with lighting. All cameras are welcome, including mobile phones
The museum’s afterschool Photoclub for ages 11 – 17 meets on Wednesdays in term-time 4.30 – 5.30, £6 per session. The club aims to improve self-expression and motivation, focusing on activities to help mental health and wellbeing while capturing great images and having fun. Contact the museum to join a free trial session.
Thursdays: 4 November, 9 December, 13 January
Free, drop in until 7pm
Visit Chippenham Museum after work, or on your way to dinner, at these special late openings. Meet your friends here to enjoy our exhibitions and discover our collection of over 35,000 objects.
Friday 12 November, 4pm – 5.30pm
At Chippenham Town Hall
£8 / £6 Friends of Chippenham Museum (discount code emailed to members)
During the First World War, Chippenham Town Hall and The Neeld were transformed to care for the wounded returning from the battlefields. This talk takes place 106 years on, and in the very room, where soldiers first arrived to be treated in November 1915.
Join Ray Alder, Author of new book ‘Unity and Loyalty: The Story of Chippenham’s Red Cross Hospital’, as he discusses his research and discoveries about this important time in Chippenham’s history.
Tickets include a complimentary hot drink and, following the talk, Ray will be signing copies with a special event price. Perfect as a personalised Christmas gift with a local touch and also available from Chippenham Museum and the museum’s online shop.
A different skill or craft every month with a selection of local artists and makers. Please note these workshops are for ages 18+ and tickets are non-refundable unless the event is postponed or cancelled.
Saturday 20 November, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
£18, book here
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 workshop takes place at the same time as Sam’s exhibition ‘The Three Crowns’ at Chippenham Museum, open from 4 – 30 November.
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.
Saturday 4 December, 10 – 11.15 / 11.30- 12.45 / 1.30 – 2.45 / 3 – 4.15
£11, book here
Join Chippenham based glass artist Mary Quarmby to make your own fused glass star decoration with these relaxed workshops at Chippenham Museum. The workshops are 1 ¼ hours, with four taking place throughout the day. A range of Mary’s work can also be found in the museum shop.
The stars will be fired in Mary’s studio and available to collect from the museum soon after, ready to hang on your Christmas tree or give as gifts.
No experience is necessary and festive refreshments are included.
Our free Town Walks are now complete for this year, thank you to all that joined us. We will be launching new dates for Spring 2022.
Will be resumed as soon as possible. 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.
Wednesdays, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
£6 per session, ages 11 – 17, booked termly with the museum
In association with The Photo Club, this after school club in the setting of the museum galleries runs photography projects for young people to learn new skills and be creative. The club aims to improve self-expression and motivation, focusing on activities to help mental health and wellbeing while capturing great images and having fun.
Saturdays once a month, 10.30am – 12.30pm
To find out about membership, contact the museum.
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.
Mondays 2pm – 3.30pm, fortnightly
Upcoming dates: 4 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 29 Nov
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?