In June 2012 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded Salisbury Museum a grant of nearly £1.8 million towards the development of the new Archaeology of Wessex gallery. The total costs of the new gallery will be £2.4 million – with the remaining funds raised through donations and grants from trusts and foundations.
This new gallery will be of international importance, telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest. It will show why Salisbury has a unique place in the region's and nation's history. The museum's collections include some of the most important archaeological finds outside a national museum in Britain, including artefacts from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, the Pitt Rivers Wessex Collection and the Amesbury Archer. The gallery will place the story of Stonehenge within its wider chronological and regional context.
The new gallery will also help to open up the prehistoric heritage of the area to a wider range of visitors, particularly young people and families. It will be accompanied by a wide range of outreach and education activities that will take the story of the Salisbury out into the wider community.
The gallery will replace the current Stonehenge, Pitt-Rivers and Early Man galleries – and will be open in the first part of 2014.
Salisbury Museum is very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and for the major grants received from the Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, English Heritage, DCMS/Wolfson Fund, Designation Development Fund, Charles Hayward Foundation, Cleansing Service Group Limited (CSG), Galanthus Trust, Michael Marks Charitable Trust, the Ernest Cook Trust and many individual donations.