Past Forward

Past Forward: Salisbury Museum for Future Generations

We’re looking to the future, while sharing the story of our past.

The museum has been awarded initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting £4.4 million project to transform its displays and facilities – continuing the redevelopment work begun with our award-winning Wessex Gallery of archaeology.

Past Forward: Salisbury Museum for Future Generations will enable the museum to share the history of Salisbury and the surrounding areas in new and innovative ways. The project will include: the redisplay of existing galleries, creation of flexible spaces for learning and events, conservation work to the medieval museum building and a dynamic new programme of engagement activities to position the museum as a thriving cultural hub within our community.

We are currently in the project’s Development Phase, refining our plans and conducting consultation with the local community, and will submit our application for the full project grant to the National Lottery Heritage Fund mid-2021.



Online Consultation Sessions

We’re inviting local people, members and volunteers to join us for a conversation about our planned museum redevelopment project. We want to be an exciting and special place for everyone. To achieve that, we need to listen to the people who matter most… you!

These free sessions will take place online using Zoom and the museum’s project team will share some proposals for the redisplay of the History of Salisbury galleries.

As part of these interactive sessions, you’ll have the chance to choose your favourite options, share your thoughts and ask questions. These sessions are an important part of planning for the museum’s future - come and tell us what you think!

Session dates:

  • General public – 18 Nov, 2-3:30pm & 19 Nov, 6-7:30pm
  • Museum volunteers – 20 Nov, 2-3:30pm & 26 Nov, 6-7:30pm
  • Museum members – 27 Nov, 2-3:30pm & 1 Dec, 6-7:30pm

Places are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. To find out more or to book a place on one of the sessions, please contact Emma:


Pick & Mix Exhibition now on display at the museum

You can now see the objects from our online exhibition on display at the museum, along with some additions from our social history stores and natural history collections! Please send us your feedback on Instagram (@pickandmixtsm) or via email


Pick & Mix Online Exhibition

The museum’s first-ever online exhibition, Pick & Mix is our first step towards redisplaying the History of Salisbury gallery. Hosted on Instagram (@pickandmixtsm), the exhibition explores 800 years of history in Salisbury and the surrounding areas through objects and community voices. Each object tells a unique story about the city and local area and the people who have lived here. The exhibition features selected items from the museum’s collections and those submitted by the public.

Help us identify which objects and themes should be featured in the redisplayed gallery. Visit the exhibition to like your favourite objects and tell us what they mean to you. We’re also asking the public to share their own stories, objects and photographs with a connection to the history of Salisbury and the surrounding areas. Visit the exhibition website to find out how take part.



We will be applying to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant of £3.2 million towards the project. This means the museum needs to raise £1.2 million in match funding from private individuals, trusts and foundations. The museum is hugely grateful to all our supporters, including the NLHF, National Lottery players, our local partners and all those who have already donated to support the project.

For the time being, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the challenges the museum is currently facing due to loss of income through closure, we are prioritising fundraising to support our core running costs. All contributions, both large and small, will help towards ensuring the survival of the museum.

There are a number of ways you can help us:

  • Become a member of the museum.
  • If you are already a museum member, renew your membership.
  • Use Amazon Smile for online purchses. When you shop on, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) to us if you nominate the museum as your chosen charity.
  • Make an online donation, either a single payment or a regular amount. You can do this using the JustGiving button below.
  • Stay in touch. Our social media channels remain a place for us all to connect and where, hopefully, we can help to keep you inspired and informed. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter by entering a contact email under the 'Stay in Touch' heading at the bottom right of this page.

Your support in these difficult times is very much appreciated.