Museum Appoints New Designers

Salisbury Museum is delighted to announce that we have appointed designers to help us move forward with our plans for the Archaeology of Wessex gallery. Earlier this year the museum was successful with a second round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and was awarded a grant of £1,794,600 to develop our new Archaeology of Wessex gallery. The museum has also raised nearly £600,000 in additional funds and is now ready to start the project.

To complete the designs for the new Archaeology of Wessex gallery the Museum has reappointed Metaphor, the master planners, architects and exhibition designers. Metaphor produced the masterplan for Salisbury Museum in 2009 and initial designs for the Archaeology of Wessex gallery in 2010-11, but faced stiff competition from three other design companies to secure the contract. Metaphor have a very impressive CV, ranging from their recent work at the Holburne Museum in Bath and the Ashmolean, Oxford, to smaller projects such as the refurbishment of the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell.

The museum has appointed Jane Ellis-Schön to the role of Project Curator. Jane was the museum's Collections Manager, but from 1 November has become responsible for the development of the content for the new gallery including objects, text and images. In addition the museum has appointed Ellie Collier to the role of project manager. Ellie worked as a project manager for the National Trust at Croome in Worcestershire and will be responsible for overseeing the museum's relationships with all external contractors and driving forward the implementation of the project.

There will be further job opportunities for the new gallery in the new year with the appointment of a Volunteer Co-ordinator, Learning Project Officer and Documentation Officer. These will be advertised on the museum's website.

For further details about the Archaeology of Wessex gallery project please contact Museum Director Adrian Green on 01722 332151 or email adriangreen@salisburymuseum.org.uk