Work Begins On Galleries

The Museum is preparing for exciting change. Last year we secured a £1.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant to update our archaeology galleries allowing us to show our superb collection to its full potential.

The new gallery will be of international importance, telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest. 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 first stage of work has just begun with a group of dedicated volunteers decanting the existing archaeology galleries. This is an interesting and detailed job. One volunteer, Lesley Meaker, said ‘it is such an honour to be handling this exceptional collection. Being involved from the start gives me the opportunity to see the transformation through from start to finish’.

Every item within the current archaeology galleries must be carefully packed, this is being carried out within the galleries giving visitors to the museum a great opportunity to see this work in action, talk to the volunteers and be part of this bold and innovative redisplay of our designated collection. However this does mean that our archaeology galleries are now closed.

There is still a lot to see at Salisbury Museum while this change is underway. The rest of the museum remains open with exciting exhibitions, ceramics and costume galleries and the fascinating Salisbury Galleries. Rex Whistler – A Talent Cut Short, 24 May – 29 September, will be a gem in the museums calendar. This exhibition, which embraces Whistler’s whole career and artistic development, has a special emphasis on his Wiltshire connections. It will include around 75 items that are key to his oeuvre and demonstrate his importance as a painter.

The museum’s new archaeology gallery will open in Spring 2014.