Explore Kilvert’s World for Heritage Open Days

6th September 2021 / News archive

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. In Chippenham this year, Chippenham Museum is holding two free events linked to exhibition Kilvert’s World.

From 10 to 19 September, free trail ‘Kilvert’s Langley Burrell’ encourages you to explore this scenic village on the outskirts of Chippenham through the eyes of Victorian diarist Rev. Francis Kilvert. Through Kilvert’s diary entries, step back to the 1870s as you retrace his steps.

Information boards will guide you through the village, with an audio guide available to download featuring excerpts from the diary read by Chair of the Kilvert Society Alan Brimson. As internet signal cannot be guaranteed, its recommended to download the audio guide before visiting.


watercolour painting of bluebells in a wood, a historic map of langley burrell, a victorian portrait of a seated gentleman

Click here to listen to Kilvert’s Langely Burrell Audio Guide, then select the three dots to download onto your device should you wish to enjoy the guide while walking through the village.

Langley Burrell is a pleasant walk or cycle ride from the centre of Chippenham. Please be considerate of residents and other road users if parking in the village or nearby.


On Saturday 18 September, join one of four special free Curator’s Tours of exhibition Kilvert’s World at Chippenham Museum for Heritage Open Days.

Join a member of the Curation team to find out more about how the exhibition was brought together and some of the stories behind its key objects, including two of Kilvert’s original diaries on loan from the National Library of Wales.  Please note the exhibition deals with some adult themes.

Booking is essential for these free tours either online or by calling 01249 705020.

Exhibition Kilvert’s World is open at Chippenham Museum until Saturday 9 October with free entry. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, with a special late opening until 7pm on Thursday 7 October.


gallery with two books in a case