This exhibition showcases objects from the archaeology and Pitt Rivers collections while their permanent home is being redeveloped. Founded in 1860, Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum represents Wiltshire’s heritage. Over the next few years the entire building and its collections are in an exciting new phase of transition. Renovations have already begun on the archaeology galleries thanks to a grant of nearly £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as donations and grants from trusts and foundations. The new archaeology galleries are due to open in spring 2014.
The museum houses significant archaeological collections and the current refurbishment is designed to display them in a way that reflects their importance. Archaeology of Wessex: Curating the Past, Creating the Future is an interactive exhibition, filled with activities and objects to interest the whole family. It explores and documents the first stage of the museum’s rejuvenation, personalising the stories of artefacts through the museum’s staff, and breathes new life into the collections of national importance.