Chippenham Museum collects and cares for nearly 35,000 objects relating to Chippenham and its surrounding towns and villages.
These items range in date from the Neolithic period to the present day and cover geology, archaeology, and the artistic and social history of people in this area.
Significant parts of the collection include:
- Local industries such as the cloth trade, dairy and cheese making, and Rail Automation including Westinghouse Brake and Signal Company, once the town’s largest employer.
- Paintings and prints connected to the local area including a 16th century Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth I through to works by Robin Tanner and students and teachers at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. A selection of the museum’s paintings can be found on Art UK and Watercolour World
- Over 9000 photographs and postcards of local views and people dating from the 1860s to the present day. An important resource revealing how the area has changed.
- Uniforms, robes and regalia relating to civic, military and public services. This includes items from the Historic Police Collection on loan to Chippenham Museum from Wiltshire Police.