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Museums at Night

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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2019-01-19 00:00:00 to 2019-09-28 23:00:0019Jan2019

Creative Wiltshire: A Celebration of Art in Wiltshire

Saturday, January 19, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019

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2019-02-19 00:00:00 to 2019-07-17 23:00:0019Feb2019

Wessex Plinth: Leaf Man by Laurence Edwards

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Thursday, July 18, 2019

In partnership with Messums, Wiltshire, we welcome a new sculpture to the ‘Wessex Plinth’ at the front of the museum.

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2019-02-23 00:00:00 to 2019-09-14 23:00:0023Feb2019

Peter Thursby: The Power of Line and Form

Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Sunday, September 15, 2019

The museum acquired the Peter Thursby archive in 2015 and this exhibition represents a glimpse into that archive.

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2019-04-19 23:00:00 to 2019-07-05 23:00:0020Apr2019

Wicked Wessex Objects on Tour

Saturday, April 20, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019

Our four partner museums have chosen objects that tell stories of the re

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2019-05-01 09:30:00 to 2019-06-12 12:00:0001May2019

Still in Search of Albion: Art and Landscapes Course with Paul Chapman and Hadrian Cook

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 10:30 to Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 13:00

Wednesdays 1, 8, 22 and 29 May, 5 and 12 June

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2019-05-10 23:00:00 to 2019-12-14 00:00:0011May2019

Young Curators Club

Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Saturday, December 14, 2019

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to life for 6 - 12 year olds.

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For Families
2019-05-17 23:00:00 to 2019-09-28 23:00:0018May2019

Augustus John: Drawn from Life

Saturday, May 18, 2019 to Sunday, September 29, 2019

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2019-05-22 17:30:00 to 2019-05-22 19:00:0022May2019

Augustus John: The Last Bohemian? A talk by David Boyd Haycock

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:00

When Augustus John died in 1961 he was described in The New York Times as ‘the grand old man of British painting, and one of the greatest in British history’ – but was he?

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2019-05-23 12:30:00 to 2019-05-23 13:30:0023May2019

Dementia Friendly Tour

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 13:30 to 14:30

Hosted by our Senior Guide and our Community Curator this tour is designed specifically for people living with dementia and their carers.

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2019-05-25 10:00:00 to 2019-05-25 15:00:0025May2019

May Bank Holiday Family Fiesta @ Bemerton Heath

Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:00 to 16:00

We will be joining the International Arts Festival on Bemerton Heath for a family fun extravaganza.

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2019-05-27 09:00:00 to 2019-05-31 15:00:0027May2019

May Half Term: Creative Wiltshire Workshops

Monday, May 27, 2019 - 10:00 to Friday, May 31, 2019 - 16:00

Join us for a range of fun, craft activities over the May half term with artist Charlie James.

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2019-06-14 09:00:00 to 2019-09-13 10:30:0014Jun2019

Under Five's Fridays

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:00 to Friday, September 13, 2019 - 11:30

Creative fun for little ones and their grown-ups. Suitable for 2 - 5 year olds. Babies welcome

Friday 12 April

Friday 10 May

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2019-06-15 13:30:00 to 2019-06-15 15:00:0015Jun2019

Salisbury Chamber Ensemble

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 14:30 to 16:00

A programme of early classical music that will include quintets by J C

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2019-06-19 10:00:00 to 2019-06-19 15:00:0019Jun2019

Outing to the Blue Poole with Hadrian Cook

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:00 to 16:00

Join landscape historian Hadrian Cook for a VIP day out at the Blue Poole in Dorset.

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2019-06-20 17:30:00 to 2019-06-20 19:00:0020Jun2019

Augustus John: His Place in the History of Portraiture - A talk by Nicholas Beer

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:00

A practising portrait painter and teacher of portrait painting with twenty five years of experience, Nicholas Beer will give an illustrated outline of the British portrait tradition and Augustus Jo

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2019-06-22 13:30:00 to 2019-06-22 15:00:0022Jun2019

Augustus John: A Personal Reminiscence - A talk by Tristan de Vere Cole

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 14:30 to 16:00

Join us for a very special afternoon, in the company of Tristan de Vere Cole, who will be talking about his personal memories of Augustus John.

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2019-06-23 12:00:00 to 2019-06-30 15:00:0023Jun2019

Portraiture in Practice with Artist Claire Thomas

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 13:00 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 16:00

Two Portraiture Workshops - Sundays 23 and 30 June - Many apologies, but the session planned for Sunday 7 July is now cancelled

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2019-06-28 09:00:00 to 2019-06-30 16:00:0028Jun2019

National Armed Forces Day - Explore Salisbury Museum

Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 17:00

28 – 29 June 2019 - 10am until 5pm, 30 June 2019 - 12 midday until 5pm

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2019-07-04 17:30:00 to 2019-07-04 19:00:0004Jul2019

The Romance of the Road: British Painters and the Roving Life - A talk by James Russell

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:00

Augustus John caused scandal when he travelled round Edwardian England in a caravan, but he was not the only artist attracted to the travelling life in the early 20th century.

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2019-07-13 09:00:00 to 2019-07-14 16:00:0013Jul2019

Festival of Archaeology 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 17:00

‘The biggest, oldest, most popular and most diverse…’ That’s how just a handful of the talks could be described at this year’s Festival of Archaeology.

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2019-07-13 09:00:00 to 2019-07-14 16:00:0013Jul2019

Festival of Archaeology Talks 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 17:00

‘The biggest, oldest, most popular and most diverse…’ That’s how just a handful of the talks could be described at this year’s Festival of Archaeology.

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2019-07-13 09:30:00 to 2019-07-13 10:30:0013Jul2019

Festival Talk - Mary-Ann Ochota: Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:30 to 11:30

Wherever you go in Britain there’s history woven into the landscape around you – in the shape of a field, the wall of a cottage, a standing stone or churchyard, even in the grass under your feet.

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2019-07-13 11:00:00 to 2019-07-13 12:00:0013Jul2019

Festival Talk - Ella Al-Shamahi: Are You a Neanderthal?

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

With revelations such as our ancestors interbreeding with Neanderthals; that most of us have up to 4% Neanderthal DNA; and that Tibetans have a gene that helps them live high up in the mountains be

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2019-07-13 12:30:00 to 2019-07-13 13:30:0013Jul2019

Festival Talk - Richard Osgood: A Gothic Tale: Spears and Javelins at Barrow Clump

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 13:30 to 14:30

In 2003, English Heritage started recording badger damage to a Bronze Age barrow on Salisbury Plain.

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2019-07-13 14:00:00 to 2019-07-13 15:00:0013Jul2019

Festival Talk - Helen Wass: People Time Place: Historic Environment on HS2

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00

Before the bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations for HS2 are built, an unprecedented amount of archaeological work will take place – the largest ever programme of investigation in the UK employing

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2019-07-14 09:30:00 to 2019-07-14 10:30:0014Jul2019

Festival Talk - Simon Cleggett: Wonderful Things: The Army Basing Programme and the Stonehenge Landscape

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 10:30 to 11:30

For five years, Wessex Archaeology has excavated Bulford, Larkhill and Tidworth in preparation for the Army Basing Programme.

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2019-07-14 11:00:00 to 2019-07-14 12:00:0014Jul2019

Festival Talk - Dr Alex Langlands: Britons, Bridges and Boroughs: Old Sarum from the Fall of Rome to the Coming of the Vikings

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00

Incorporating some of the most recent archaeological finds and archival research, this talk will examine the role of Old Sarum in three critical periods of its history.

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2019-07-14 12:30:00 to 2019-07-14 13:30:0014Jul2019

Festival Talk - Christie Willis: Up in Flames: Cremation in Neolithic Britain

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 13:30 to 14:30

This talk will examine the evolution of cremation during the Early to Middle Neolithic and how it became the dominant burial rite by the end of the Neolithic.  Wildly diverse locations were selecte

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2019-07-14 14:00:00 to 2019-07-14 15:00:0014Jul2019

Festival Talk - Lorraine Mepham and Adrian Green: More Cakes and Buns! Digging the Foundations of the Cafe

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:00

This spring, Dr Phil Harding and Lorraine Mepham dug a test pit in the museum grounds, adding to our knowledge of this historic building.

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2019-07-18 17:30:00 to 2019-07-18 19:00:0018Jul2019

Winifred Lamb: Field Archaeologist and Museum Curator - A talk by Professor David Gill

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:00

Winifred Lamb, who grew up at Winterslow near Salisbury, served as honorary keeper of Greek antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge from 1920 to 1958.

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2019-07-30 09:00:00 to 2019-08-27 15:00:0030Jul2019

Summer Discovery Days

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 10:00 to Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 16:00

Creative drop-in sessions 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

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2019-10-11 23:00:00 to 2020-01-11 00:00:0012Oct2019

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019 to Saturday, January 11, 2020

The museum will be the first venue on a tour of the winning work of this prestigious drawing prize (formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize).

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