Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre
10 Market Place
Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building.
The displays tell the story of the historic market town from prehistoric times up until the present day.
Visitors can discover more about the history of the town, its villages and the local area through the extensive collections and by meeting some of the former residents as they guide you through history.
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
All Bank Holidays except Christmas
Bank Holidays at Christmas
The fully fitted education lecture / school room is available for hire, offering space for up to 40 people. The room contains audio visual equipment, a hearing loop and tea & coffee making facilities. For further information, please contact the museum.
The museum describes the story of this historic market town; from Neolithic farmers and Roman settlements to King Alfred's struggle to keep the town from Viking invaders, through Brunel's influence with the railway, to Jo Buckle, a local fishmonger who was visited by Queen Mary. Using creative displays you will have an audience with King Alfred who tells you about life in Saxon Chippenham. Lift the floorboards to discover what treasures and artefacts reveal about people's past lives. View inside the wall of a house to reveal the custom of using mummified cats, frogs and bats to ward off evil spirits.
The new first floor galleries have a temporary exhibition room that enables the display of the reserve museum collection, through a continually changing programme. Further galleries show the history of Maud Heath's Causeway, Chippenham at war, changeable displays of 19th and 20th century costume, civics and treasures of the town. A further gallery is devoted to the industrial heritage of the town with displays of brewing, clocks butter churns, buildings and the town flourmill. The connecting corridors make good use of the large photographic collection with displays of the origins and growth of the High Street and Market Place.
Costume and Textiles, Industry, Personalities, Social History