When the museum celebrated its fiftieth birthday in 2013 the Friends of the Museum set itself an ambitious challenge to commission a piece of artwork to celebrate this momentous occasion in both the museum and towns history.
It was considered a piece of stained glass art work would be the most fitting way to display the heritage of the town and would bring light and colour to the museum.
We commissioned Peter Berry, a well known local stained glass artist who has exhibited with the National Trust and whose work features in many historic buildings locally and across the country, to work with us. You can see examples of Peters work on his website, www.berrystainedglass.co.uk.
Peter took our design brief and came up with some exciting ideas that reflected the history of the town and after a great deal of effort fundraising we were able to present the art work to the Museum in December 2016.
With the help of the Town Council’s carpenters the stained glass panel was mounted in the window in the museums staircase and at our AGM, in July, it was unveiled by the mayor, Mary Norton. The effect was immediate, when the sun shines the stairwell is bathed in colour and many visitors have commented how wonderful it looks.
The Friends are indebted to Great Western Railway (GWR) and the Jack Lane Charitable Trust for their support in achieving this fantastic work of art that now forms part of the museums collection and will be seen by generations to come.
If you would like to support the Friends of the Museum in our future projects. These include the purchase of a number of books of local interest including The Memoirs of John Aubrey by John Britton, Published in 1845, please send a cheque, payable to Friends of Chippenham Museum to:
Friends of Chippenham Museum
c/o Chippenham Museum
9-10 Market Place