Creative Workshops for Adults at Chippenham Museum

18th August 2021 / News archive

Chippenham Museum is building on its series of popular Creative Workshops for Adults, with a number of sessions now available to book. Workshops vary from a six-week evening course to a two hour session and cover a range of themes from creative writing to jewellery.


Kilvert Inspired Creative Writing

Wednesday 1 September for 6 weeks (8, 15, 22 & 29 September)

7pm – 9pm

£45, book here

Join writer, facilitator, and performer Ruth Hill for a series of six creative writing sessions inspired by the museum’s exhibition Kilvert’s World. The exhibition focusses on local Victorian diarist Rev. Francis Kilvert with two of his three remaining diaries on display, on loan from the National Library of Wales.

Using the exhibition for inspiration, Ruth will guide you to create your own writing. Each week will have a different focus, with writing exercises, explorations of language, structure and form, and peer discussion, you will have the opportunity to write in a style which suits you. The sessions will culminate in a performance on Saturday 9 October where actors will give voice to your writing.

Suitable for all levels of writer.


Evening Art Walk in Monkton Park

Tuesday 7 September

6pm – 8pm

£15, book here

Take a walk in Monkton Park with a bit of a difference. Join local artist Kirsty Jones with Chippenham Museum to explore the park’s riverside paths, open spaces and architectural views. Experiment with different drawing exercises and mediums to capture your evening stroll.

This workshop is inspired by the museum’s exhibition, as local Victorian diarist Rev. Francis Kilvert was a frequent visitor to Monkton House.

At this session you will receive a pack with pencils, charcoal and plenty of paper. Meet at the town bridge entrance to Monkton Park.


Make a Silver & Copper Autumn Leaf Necklace

Saturday 2 October

10am – 3pm

£70, book here

Master traditional silver smithing techniques to make your own autumn leaf necklace with Chippenham based designer-maker Barking Hen Jewellery. Inspired by nature, you will make a copper leaf and silver leaf to hang from a silver chain provided. You will be taught how to design, saw, file and shape, silver solder and texture or polish your pendant.

This workshop is designed for beginners and is taught in a small group. All materials, tools and equipment are provided including a silver chain. Refreshments will be available throughout the day; please do bring a packed lunch.


Barking Hen Jewellery is a Chippenham based business developed by jewellery designer Tamara. With over 25 years of experience, Tamara uses traditional silver smith techniques partnered with a flair for the unusual to create designs inspired by the British countryside. A number of Barking Hen pieces are available in the shop at Chippenham Museum.



Chippenham Museum is a Chippenham Town Council facility. The museum is free to visit and open Monday Saturday 10am – 4pm. Exhibition Kilvert’s World is open until 9 October, with a ‘Victorian Summer’ of events also taking place. For more details visit the museum’s What’s On page here.