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The Museum has a busy programme of family events, courses, lectures and tours. Our temporary exhibition programme includes three major and three minor exhibitions per year, which cover subjects as diverse as history, archaeology and fine art.

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2016-02-20 00:00:00 to 2016-07-08 23:00:0020Feb2016

Relationships: An exhibition by Sophie Ryder

Saturday, February 20, 2016 to Saturday, July 9, 2016

Working in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral and The Young Gallery, this is an exhibition of the drawings and workings of acclaimed sculptor Sophie Ryder.

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2016-05-20 23:00:00 to 2016-09-02 23:00:0021May2016

A British Museum Touring Exhibition - Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt

Saturday, May 21, 2016 to Saturday, September 3, 2016

This exhibition, developed in partnership with Wrexham Museum tells the story of 4000 years of writing in Ancient Egypt featuring a fantastic range of hieroglyph and cursive writing on a wide rang

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2016-07-08 09:00:00 to 2016-07-08 10:30:0008Jul2016

Under Five's Friday: Summer Fun

Friday, July 8, 2016 -
10:00 to 11:30

Arty fun for little ones inspired by holidays in the sun. Join us for a morning of fun led by artist Suzie Gutteridge.

Suitable for 2-5 year olds. Babies welcome.

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For Families
2016-07-09 09:30:00 to 2016-07-09 12:00:0009Jul2016

Young Curators Club: Write like an Egyptian

Saturday, July 9, 2016 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to li

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For Families
2016-07-13 13:00:00 to 2016-07-13 15:00:0013Jul2016

Fundraising Event Members Outing: Tour of St Giles House led by the Earl of Shaftesbury

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 -
14:00 to 16:00

The current and 12th Earl of Shaftesbury is restoring the home of the Ashley-Cooper family to its former glory.

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2016-07-15 23:00:00 to 2016-09-30 23:00:0016Jul2016

Icons of the North Wessex Downs: An exhibition by Anna Dillon

Saturday, July 16, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016

This is an exhibition of ten contemporary paintings by artist Anna Dillon, capturing the iconic features of the North Wessex Downs.

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Exhibitions
2016-07-22 23:00:0023Jul2016

Phil’s Dig

Saturday, July 23, 2016

New this year is a live dig led by well-known archaeologist, Dr Phil Harding, ‘Phil’s Dig’ is a special chance to see archaeology in action. 

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-22 23:00:00 to 2016-07-23 23:00:0023Jul2016

Festival of Archaeology Showground

Saturday, July 23, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
The grounds of the museum will be packed with archaeology, living history and heritage stands.
 
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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-22 23:00:00 to 2016-07-23 23:00:0023Jul2016

Festival of Archaeology 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016

This year’s Festival of Archaeology includes talks by famous archaeologists, a showground of living history demonstrations and heritage organisations and a live dig in the museum grounds. For everyone from professionals to families looking for a fun day out – the festival is the place to be. 

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2016-07-23 09:30:00 to 2016-07-23 10:30:0023Jul2016

What’s in a name? Surnames, genetics and family history by Dr Turi King

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
10:30 to 11:30

Family history research has recently been given a helping hand in the form of genetic genealogy.

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 10:00:00 to 2016-07-23 11:00:0023Jul2016

Exhibition Talk for ‘Icons of the North Wessex Downs’ by Anna Dillon

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
11:00 to 12:00

Meet Artist Anna Dillon, who will be delivering talks in the Icons of the North Wes

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 11:00:00 to 2016-07-23 12:00:0023Jul2016

The Personal Voice: The archaeology of Ancient Egyptian poetry by Prof Richard Parkinson

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
12:00 to 13:00

From chat-up lines to royal tragedies, the poems of the Middle Kingdom display a remarkable range of style and tone, and are characterised by a strikingly personal voice.

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 12:00:00 to 2016-07-23 13:00:0023Jul2016

Exhibition Talk for Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt by Dr Ilona Regulski

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
13:00 to 14:00

British Museum Curator, Dr Regulski, will be delivering gallery talks in the 

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 13:00:00 to 2016-07-23 14:00:0023Jul2016

Exhibition Talk for ‘Icons of the North Wessex Downs’ by Anna Dillon

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
14:00 to 15:00

Meet Artist Anna Dillon, who will be delivering talks in the Icons of the North Wes

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 13:30:00 to 2016-07-23 14:30:0023Jul2016

Ancient Egyptian history: the rise and fall of a great civilisation by Dr Toby Wilkinson

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
14:30 to 15:30

Ancient Egypt was the world's first nation-state and for over 3000 years it sustained a sophisticated culture, distinctive form of government, and a successful economy that made it the envy of its

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 14:30:00 to 2016-07-23 15:30:0023Jul2016

Exhibition Talk for Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt by Dr Ilona Regulski

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
15:30 to 16:30

British Museum Curator, Dr Regulski, will be delivering gallery talks in the

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-23 15:00:00 to 2016-07-23 16:00:0023Jul2016

The Stonehenge hidden landscape project by Prof Vincent Gaffney

Saturday, July 23, 2016 -
16:00 to 17:00

This lecture will reveal some of the many new discoveries made during one of the largest and most detailed geophysical surveys of the landscape around Stonehenge and explain their significance for

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-24 10:30:00 to 2016-07-24 11:30:0024Jul2016

Mapping Hidden Landscapes: Geophysics in archaeology by Dr Henry Chapman

Sunday, July 24, 2016 -
11:30 to 12:30

Even without digging, geophysics enables us to see the archaeology beneath the ground surface.

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-24 12:00:00 to 2016-07-24 13:00:0024Jul2016

Have you found anything yet? by Dr Phil Harding and Lorraine Mepham

Sunday, July 24, 2016 -
13:00 to 14:00

This talk follows up on ‘Phil’s Dig’, the live dig taking place in the festival showground on Saturday 23 July, and will be an anecdotal introduction to how and why digging and finds processing is

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-24 13:30:00 to 2016-07-24 14:30:0024Jul2016

Digging the Durotriges by Dr Miles Russell

Sunday, July 24, 2016 -
14:30 to 15:30

Just one week after the wrap up of his excavation, Dr Miles Russell brings us the latest news from the site of a huge Iron Age settlement.

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-24 15:00:00 to 2016-07-24 16:00:0024Jul2016

‘Great Excavations’ A panel discussion

Sunday, July 24, 2016 -
16:00 to 17:00

Mike Pitts – Chair, Prof Michael Fulford - Director, Silchester Town Life Project, Steve Wallis – Dorset County Senior Archaeologist, overseeing

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Festival of Archaeology 2016
2016-07-26 09:00:00 to 2016-07-26 15:00:0026Jul2016

Summer Discovery Day: Egyptian Arty with artist Suzie Gutteridge

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 -
10:00 to 16:00

Come and have a day of fun and discovery.

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For Families
2016-08-02 09:00:00 to 2016-08-02 15:00:0002Aug2016

Summer Discovery Day: Bringing Ancient Egypt to life with Music and Dance!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 -
10:00 to 16:00

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For Families
2016-08-13 09:30:00 to 2016-08-13 12:00:0013Aug2016

Young Curators Club: Survive the Stone Age

Saturday, August 13, 2016 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to li

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For Families
2016-09-08 17:30:00 to 2016-09-08 19:00:0008Sep2016

John Aubrey's Wiltshire: A talk by Ruth Scurr

Thursday, September 8, 2016 -
18:30 to 20:00

Ruth Scurr is an historian and lecturer at Cambridge University. She is also the author of a recent (2015) highly acclaimed book on John Aubrey the noted antiquary and writer.

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Lectures
2016-09-09 09:00:00 to 2016-09-09 10:30:0009Sep2016

Under Five's Friday: Rainbows with Liza Morgan

Friday, September 9, 2016 -
10:00 to 11:30

Explore the magic of colour with artist Liza Morgan.

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For Families
2016-09-10 09:30:00 to 2016-09-10 12:00:0010Sep2016

Young Curators Club: Behind the scenes

Saturday, September 10, 2016 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to li

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For Families
2016-09-16 23:00:00 to 2017-03-25 00:00:0017Sep2016

Constable in Context: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows in perspective

Saturday, September 17, 2016 to Saturday, March 25, 2017

In 2013 John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831, one of the greatest masterpieces of British Art, was secured for the nation with assistance from the 

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2016-09-27 13:00:00 to 2016-09-27 15:00:0027Sep2016

Fundraising Event Members Outing: A Salisbury Trio - Church House, Hemingsby and The Wren Hall

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -
14:00 to 16:00

The custodians of three notable buildings are allowing us to visit their properties.

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2016-10-07 23:00:00 to 2017-01-07 00:00:0008Oct2016

Wiltshire's Story in 100 Objects

Saturday, October 8, 2016 to Saturday, January 7, 2017

The museum is proud to take its turn as host for The Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects project, managed by the Wessex Museums Partnership and funded by Arts Council England.

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2016-10-08 09:30:00 to 2016-10-08 12:00:0008Oct2016

Young Curators Club: Roman messages

Saturday, October 8, 2016 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to li

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For Families
2016-10-12 09:00:00 to 2016-10-12 11:30:0012Oct2016

Women's Institute Knitting Event 1: Spoons - A stirring tale!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
10:00 to 12:30

Exclusively for members of the Women’s Institute, the museum is hosting a series of three workshops.

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2016-10-12 13:00:00 to 2016-10-12 15:30:0012Oct2016

Women's Institute Knitting Event 2: Spoons - A stirring tale!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
14:00 to 16:30

Exclusively for members of the Women’s Institute, the museum is hosting a series of three workshops.

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2016-10-13 17:30:00 to 2016-10-13 19:00:0013Oct2016

Fundraising Event: A talk by Mike Parker Pearson 'Stonehenge and Durrington Walls: new research'

Thursday, October 13, 2016 -
18:30 to 20:00

Archaeological excavations are being carried out in 2016 at Durrington Walls and in Preseli, to shed yet more light on the mystery of Stonehenge and its stones.

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2016-10-15 13:00:00 to 2016-10-15 15:30:0015Oct2016

Women's Institute Knitting Event 3: Spoons - A stirring tale!

Saturday, October 15, 2016 -
14:00 to 16:30

Exclusively for members of the Women’s Institute, the museum is hosting a series of three workshops.

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2016-10-20 17:30:00 to 2016-10-20 19:00:0020Oct2016

Fundraising Event: A talk by Anne Lyles: Constable's Late Work and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows

Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
18:30 to 20:00

There was a radical shift in the second half of Constable’s career as the ‘truth to nature’ of his earlier Suffolk works began to give way to a more synthetic, studio-based practice and a wider ra

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2016-11-12 10:30:00 to 2016-11-12 13:00:0012Nov2016

Young Curators Club: Meet John Constable

Saturday, November 12, 2016 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to li

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For Families
2016-12-10 10:30:00 to 2016-12-10 13:00:0010Dec2016

Young Curators Club: Georgian Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2016 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to li

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For Families
2017-01-14 00:00:00 to 2017-05-12 23:00:0014Jan2017

Rena Gardiner - Artist and Printmaker

Saturday, January 14, 2017 to Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rena Gardiner (1929-99) is best remembered for her guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside which she wrote, illustrated and printed in her cottage in Dorset. Several of them a

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