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An exploration of the life and work of Rev. Francis Kilvert, whose diary written in Victorian Chippenham is now enjoyed around the world.

2020 marked 150 years since the Rev. Francis Kilvert first began his diaries, now enjoyed across the globe for their enchanting accounts of rural life in Victorian Britain.

Born in Chippenham, Kilvert went on to be curate for his father in Langley Burrell. Explore the details of Kilvert’s world and the local area through his diary entries, featuring two of the three surviving manuscripts on loan from The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Chippenham Museum

9-10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3HF

01249 705020


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