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.
Three years of fundraising and we are almost there. It was considered a piece of stained glass art work would be most be the most fitting way to display the heritage of the town and would bring light and colour to the museum.
We have recently been working with Peter Berry, a well known local stained glass artist. He has exhibited with the National Trust and his work features in many historic buildings locally and across the country.
He has taken our design brief and has come up with some exciting ideas that reflect the history of the town. The sketch below shows his design in progress and you can see examples of Peters work on his website, www.berrystainedglass.co.uk.
Our aim is to present the artwork at the museum’s Christmas event for its Friends and volunteers. This is an opportunity for those involved with all aspects of the museum to get together and join in the presentation.
We have calculated our target for the completed artwork, including having it framed and securely mounted in the museum is £1000, so we have now launched the final fundraising “push” to reach our target.
If you would like to support the Friends of the museum to achieve this unique piece of art work, which I have no doubt will be an asset to the Museum for years to come please either send a cheque, payable to Friends of Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre to,
Friends of Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
c/o Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
9-10 Market Place
As a contribution to the Friends fundraising Great Western Railway (GWR) have kindly donated a pair of open (anytime) return tickets which we auctioned at the medieval fair.
We have also received support from the Jack Lane Charitable Trust and are therefore well on track to present the window at Christmas!