Celebrate Chippenham’s places and stories both past and present with a week-long programme of 17 free events during Heritage Open Days from Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 September. Many of the activities are perfect for families to enjoy together.
On Saturday 14 September take a free shuttle bus from the Buttercross to Pewsham Locks and enjoy a trip along a restored section of canal. Later that day step inside St Nicholas Georgian Church and Sevington Victorian School.
On Saturday 21 September step inside some of the town’s most celebrated and intriguing buildings during a town centre Open Doors Day, including the former Nestle building, St Andrews Church and The Cause. Many venues have drop-in introductory tours or special events, see Chippenham Museum’s website for times and details for each venue to plan your day.
During the morning of Saturday 21 September, families can enjoy train themed Story Explorer Session and Brunel trail at the library, play at Atelier Nursery and visit the museum to handle historic objects and collect a Look Up! Trail to take around town as they explore.
With a Blue Plaque soon to be unveiled in her honour, there are a number of events in the programme celebrating Dame Florence Hancock – a woman born in Chippenham who went on to become President of the Trades Union Congress. Learn about her life with a talk from Chippenham Museum Curator Melissa Barnett on Thursday 19 September. On Saturday 21 September step inside Tanner’s Cottage, the location of the plaque, and design your own Blue Plaque with Chippenham Civic Society at the Jubilee Building.
For more details about all events visit Chippenham Museum’s website or call the museum on 01249 705020.