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Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre

9-10 Market Place



SN15 3HF


tel: +44 (0)1249 705020




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Paul Connell


Date of visit: 19 August 2013


Nature and extent of collection


560 pieces. Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre holds approximately 28000 catalogued items, the majority of which relate to the local history of the town and its surrounding Parishes. These items range in date from the Neolithic period  to the 21st Century and cover the geology, archaeology, agriculture, trade and industry, educational, governance, domestic and recreational life of people in this area.


Our Mission statement is:

The Museum and Heritage Centre aims to preserve, interpret and enhance geological and environmental specimens, archaeological artefacts and items of social and historical significance form Chippenham and its immediate are for the inspiration, learning and enjoyment of all.



All numbers below are estimated


Specific strengths: 24 trade tokens from local issuers


Library: A small collection of books relating to numismatics.





Database used: MODES Complete


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? This varies.


Are images incorporated? A programme is underway to digitise our whole collection and this is 75% complete.


Is the database accessible to the public? Yes – through Wiltshire Treasures (from September 2013).


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Yes – through Wiltshire Treasures.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what?Yes, but in the old museum (pre 1999).



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? yes.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, if required.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes there have been such events in the past, realting to Vikings & Saxons.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes (Paul Robinson – via Wiltshire Heritage Museum).


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A