Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
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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.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
All Bank Holidays except Christmas

Closed: Sundays
Bank Holidays and Christmas

Admission charges


Additional info

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.

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Industry, Personalities, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Painting by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis

Strange & Wonderful Beings: The Work of Clifford & Rosemary Ellis

  • 5 October 2019 — 18 January 2020 *on now

This exhibition celebrates the work of Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. From tube posters to wartime sketches, explore the artistic output of this fascinating design duo and their legacy at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. Displayed alongside these will be works by Howard Hodgkin, William Scott and the other famous lecturers who taught at the school.

The exhibition will include loans from the Art and Design Collection of Bath Spa University and the Ellis Family Archive that was given to the Victoria Art Gallery in 2016 is shared with the Bath Record Office.

A programme of themed half-term family activities are running alongside this exhibition, for more details contact Chippenham Museum or visit the What’s On section of the museum’s website.

Chippenham Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, including Bank Holidays. The museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility, is free to enjoy with two floors of galleries to explore.

Free entry.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Sketch of a stag beetle

The Obscure Eye presents…

  • 18 October 2019 — 11 January 2020 *on now

The Obscure Eye presents for your delight and entertainment; drawings, costumes and cabinets of curiosities.

A fanciful exploration of circus and equally its audience. A story of the Ringmaster, a Stag Beetle and his human wife, their circus family and performing fleas. Enter at your own risk, there are over 120 fleas in this exhibition, some of them alive and direct descendants of the original circus. This exhibition has been created by artist Grieg Miles.

Chippenham Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, please check the museum’s website for Christmas opening hours. The museum, a Chippenham Town Council facility, is free to enjoy with two floors of galleries to explore.


Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
10 Market Place
SN15 3HF




01249 705020


01249 705025

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