Famed Kilvert Diaries Return to Chippenham at Museum

5th July 2021 / News archive

Chippenham Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Kilvert’s World’ explores the work of Rev. Francis Kilvert, whose diary written in Victorian Chippenham and Langley Burrell is now sold across the globe.

The exhibition, open from 5 July to 9 October with free entry, features two of the three surviving diaries on loan from The National Library of Wales. Born in Chippenham in 1840, Kilvert became curate for his father in Langley Burrell.

Councillor James Bradbury, Chair of Chippenham Town Council Amenities, Culture and Leisure Committee, said “2020 marked 150 years since Kilvert first began his diaries. The exhibition at Chippenham Museum is beautifully presented, encouraging visitors to step back in time to Victorian Chippenham.”


man wearing gloves lifting a book into a museum exhibition case

Two of the three surviving Kilvert diaries being installed at Chippenham Museum by Richard Edwards of The National Library of Wales.


A programme of both free and bookable events runs alongside the exhibition. Free exhibition talks explore various themes from the exhibition, starting with ‘An Introduction to Kilvert’ with the Kilvert Society on Wednesday 21 July.

Melissa Barnett, Head of Museum and Heritage Services, said “We are so pleased to see the return of our in-person events at Chippenham Museum. Our programme has something for all ages, including events for our local families to return back and enjoy.”

Every Wednesday during the Summer Holidays, book to enjoy children’s workshops inspired by the exhibition. On Saturday 21 August at the museum’s free entry Victorian Day, experience all things Victorian from croquet to penny farthings with costumed reenactors and lacemaking demonstrations.

For more information about summer events at Chippenham Museum visit the museum’s What’s On page.

Chippenham Museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility, is free to visit and open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm with no need to book. Located in the Market Place, the museum tells the story Chippenham from its prehistoric origins to the present day.


kilverts world exhibition poster with seated gentleman and a fern leaf