Exciting Year of Exhibitions Ahead at Chippenham Museum

11th January 2022 / News archive

The start of 2022 sees Chippenham Museum launch its upcoming exhibition programme, with four free unmissable exhibitions between January and October.

‘Wiltshire on Paper: Post-War Prints from the Bath Academy of Art’ (8 January – 2 April) is a celebration of post-war printmaking from a unique time in Wiltshire’s creative history.

On display in Chippenham for the first time, the exhibition features recent additions to Chippenham Museum’s art collection from the Golder-Thompson Gift. Visitors can enjoy works by nationally recognised artists including Howard Hodgkin, Clifford & Rosemary Ellis and Anish Kapoor. An exhibition catalogue is available to pre-order from the museum and online shop, supported by the Arts Society (Kington Langley).


Wiltshire on Paper exhibition poster with abstract print artwork in various shades of blue, black outlines and light purple accents

Visit until 7pm at special Museum Lates openings once a month. Thursday evenings: 13 January, 3 February and 3 March.


Councillor James Bradbury, Chair of Chippenham Town Council Amenities, Culture & Leisure Committee, said “We are extremely proud of our exhibition programme at Chippenham Museum. The museum is free entry, and we encourage everyone to visit and enjoy discovering their local area.”


two men in exhibition gallery

Mr Brian Thompson and Dr Mark Golder visiting Wiltshire on Paper, two private collectors whose generous Gift of artworks forms the new collection and exhibition at Chippenham Museum. 


As the museum welcomes its first visitors to Wiltshire on Paper, Melissa Barnett Head of Heritage & Museum Services, said “Chippenham is incredibly lucky to be the new home of this important art collection, only made possible through the amazingly generous Golder-Thompson Gift in memory of their friend Arthur Norman. We can’t wait to share it!”

In April, exhibition ‘The Covid Chronicle’ (9 April – 7 May) captures the collective experience of the pandemic and visits Chippenham Museum with a giant patchwork on its tour of UK. The piece includes work by the local community. This is followed by exhibition ‘Queen & Country’ (14 May – 23 July) coinciding with both the Platinum Jubilee and Chippenham’s Civil War Re-enactment. After which, ‘Robin Tanner: From Goldsmiths to the Great Depression’ (30 July – 8 October) explores the formative years of this celebrated local artist, etcher and teacher.


List of Chippenham Museum's exhibitions

Download a guide to Chippenham Museum’s 2022 exhibition’s here.


Chippenham Museum opened its gallery space in 2018 with funding from Arts Council England. Since then, the museum has staged historic and creative exhibitions featuring loans from national museums alongside the museum’s own collection, work by local artists and objects donated by the community.

Chippenham Museum is a free entry Chippenham Town Council facility. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, for residents and visitors to Chippenham to enjoy.