Further Fundraising Success!

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is celebrating the news that we have received a £31,500 funding boost from Cleansing Service Group Limited. The museum was awarded the grant towards the development of our Archaeology of Wessex gallery.

The Archaeology of Wessex gallery is our exciting new project to completely redisplay our internationally important archaeology collections. The gallery will include amazing finds from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, the Pitt-Rivers Wessex Collection and the Amesbury Archer. The gallery will help open up the prehistoric heritage of the Salisbury area to a wider range of visitors, from young people and families to the elderly. It will be accompanied by an extensive programme of outreach and education activities that will take the story of the Salisbury out into the local community.

In June the museum successfully secured a £1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The total costs of the new gallery will be £2.4 million. Salisbury Museum has raised over £550,000 towards this target including major grants from the The Linbury Trust (£150,000), Garfield Weston Foundation (£100,000), English Heritage (£100,000), DCMS/Wolfson Fund (£100,000), the Charles Hayward Foundation (£30,000), the Galanthus Trust (£20,000) and the Michael Marks Charitable Trust (£10,000).

The grant from Cleansing Service Group (CSG), which runs the Pound Bottom Landfill site at Redlynch, has been made available through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) which is administered for CSG by Community First, the Rural Community Council for Wiltshire. It means that the museum only needs to raise £50,000 towards our final target.

The museum is also very grateful to Wiltshire Council who have confirmed that they will underwrite the outstanding costs so the museum can start the project immediately. The new gallery will be open at the beginning of 2014.

For further details about the project contact Museum Director Adrian Green on 01722 820542, email: adriangreen@salisburymuseum.org.uk.

You can offer your own support to the fundraising campaign by visiting the Just Giving page of the Museum Director who has just completed the Stonehenge Cycle Challenge in aid of the gallery (see http://www.justgiving.com/Adrian-Green4).