Salisbury Museum HLF Success

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given the green light to Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum to work up plans to create a new gallery revealing the history and archaeology of the Salisbury and surrounding area, it was announced today. Development funding of £87,400 was awarded to help progress their plans.

The HLF first-round pass* means that Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum can now progress to the second stage of the HLF application process.  They have up to two years to submit more detailed plans and apply for the £1.6 million of HLF support that they are seeking for their £2 million project.

The Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is based in the King’s House, an outstanding grade I listed building in Salisbury Cathedral Close. The collections include some of the most important archaeological finds outside a national museum in Britain, including artefacts from the Stonehenge World Heritage site and the Pitt Rivers Wessex Collection.

The gallery plans make up the first phase of a ten year master plan to redevelop the King’s House. The central theme of the master plan is to recast the museum as a discovery museum, aimed at all levels of learning. The new gallery will tell the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest, showing why Salisbury has a unique place in the region’s and nation’s history.

The gallery will contain new archaeological discoveries from the Stonehenge landscape. It will also incorporate activities and learning programmes for all levels of learning, from pre-school children up to post-graduate students, and families who want to learn in an informal and enjoyable way.

Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund is extremely pleased to be giving its initial support to plans to create a new gallery in Salisbury Museum.  We know how exceptional the Museum’s archaeological collections are, and whilst it’s early days we look forward to seeing this exciting project progress over the next year.’

Commenting on the award, Museum Director Adrian Green, said ‘We are thrilled that the HLF has given its initial support for our project. The museum has some of the most important archaeological collections in country which deserve to be displayed in a way that reflects their significance. This support means that we can work up the detailed plans needed to take this project forward.’

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Please contact Adrian Green, Director at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum on 01722 332151.

Notes to Editors:

*A first-round pass means the project meets our criteria for funding and we believe it has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals.  Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award.

On occasion an applicant with a first-round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the development of their scheme.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported 33,900 projects, allocating £4.4billion across the UK.  Website: www.hlf.org.uk