The Salisbury Museum

The Salisbury Museum Salisbury Museum is based in the medieval King's House located opposite Salisbury Cathedral
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Café Tender Opportunity! We have recently said goodbye to our summer pop-up provided by The Wood Bar and do not currentl...
01/10/2023

Café Tender Opportunity!

We have recently said goodbye to our summer pop-up provided by The Wood Bar and do not currently have a café provision at Salisbury Museum whilst we recruit for a new operator to reopen the café with us in the new year, following the completion of the Past Forward redevelopment works.

Salisbury Museum Café Contract – Call for Tenders

The Salisbury Museum Café is superbly located in a Grade 1 listed building within the Close, at the front of the museum and opposite Salisbury Cathedral – the café garden may well have the best view from any café seat in Salisbury, and the business has steadily grown over the past 4 years.

This year, the museum has undergone a major building redevelopment which included the café and kitchen areas. (Find out more about the Past Forward museum development project on our website)

In late spring 2024 the new museum will re-open. It is our intention to appoint a café operator with a suitable food and beverage offer in the new year, ahead of the launch of the new museum.

We would like the café to appeal to a broad range of audiences, ranging from families with young children to the more mature customer, from museum members to first-time visitors to Salisbury.

The trustees invite tender applications for a three year contract by 5pm on Friday 27th October 2023.

For a full tender brief and application pack, please contact Lucy Bridal on [email protected] or call 01722 332151

Salisbury is ever-changing, whether it’s new shops, housing estates, environmental projects or redevelopments.Explore th...
29/09/2023

Salisbury is ever-changing, whether it’s new shops, housing estates, environmental projects or redevelopments.
Explore the changing face of Salisbury in our exhibition Salisbury on Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive.

📷: The site of the former Cattle Market, where Waitrose now is, photographed from a hot air balloon in 1996.

28/09/2023

Are you passionate about history, art, and culture? Do you thrive in a dynamic and collaborative environment? Wessex Museums is a partnership of seven leading museums based in Dorset and Wiltshire. We are looking for a highly organised and skilled Project Manager to be part of our exciting journey.

Fresh stock in the museum shop! As we celebrate   make sure to head down to the museum shop and purchase some delicious ...
27/09/2023

Fresh stock in the museum shop! As we celebrate make sure to head down to the museum shop and purchase some delicious and locally sourced products! We have Utta Nutta, peanut butter made locally in Downton and if you fancy something on the sweeter side we have some local honey available to buy!

Don’t forget museum members get a 10% discount on products in the shop.

Our Behind The Scenes Tours are running throughout 2023 and dates have been added for 2024! Led by the museum Director o...
20/09/2023

Our Behind The Scenes Tours are running throughout 2023 and dates have been added for 2024! Led by the museum Director or another member of the team - you will be able to explore areas of the museum not seen by the public and see some of the many fascinating items hidden away in the King's House.

The tour is limited to 10 spaces so make sure you don't miss your opportunity!
Pre-booking essential:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salisbury-museum-behind-the-scenes-tours-tickets-245789441837?aff=oddtdtcreator

A spotlight on: The Haunch of Venison Our collection includes some weird and wonderful items from the Haunch of Venison....
18/09/2023

A spotlight on: The Haunch of Venison

Our collection includes some weird and wonderful items from the Haunch of Venison.

This 17th century shoe was found hidden behind panelling alongside another single shoe from a different pair. Shoes were often concealed in buildings close to windows and doorways as charms to protect inhabitants from witches, ghosts or the devil. Found with the shoes were a rat trap and a stoneware bottle. The presence of multiple items suggests the cache was deliberately placed.

Find out more about the history and secrets of arguably Salisbury's most famous pub from author and local historian Ruby Vitorino in her upcoming online talk on 19th October.

Ruby's book 'The Haunch of Venison, Salisbury: an A-Z History' is available to buy in the museum shop. We highly recommend it!

🎟 Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-haunch-of-venison-online-talk-by-ruby-vitorino-moody-tickets-703251533267?aff=oddtdtcreator

PLEASE NOTE!Due to staff shortness The Wood Bar will be closed today (Monday 18 September) at Salisbury Museum. The Wood...
18/09/2023

PLEASE NOTE!
Due to staff shortness The Wood Bar will be closed today (Monday 18 September) at Salisbury Museum. The Wood Bar is due to open tomorrow but please check our social media channels for regular updates!

Salisbury Museum Summer Competition – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!Over the summer holidays we had our Summer Story Challenge at Sa...
15/09/2023

Salisbury Museum Summer Competition – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Over the summer holidays we had our Summer Story Challenge at Salisbury Museum with levels for all ages, to tell us a story about our objects! We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Story Challenge, Poppy Catherine Melleney, Alaina Bridge, Hannah Diedrich and Lisa Diedrich. Our runners up will be announced next week so look out on our website and social media channels for updates!

Since it’s London Fashion Week, we thought we’d showcase these stylish women, pictured in the Market Square in 1964, mod...
15/09/2023

Since it’s London Fashion Week, we thought we’d showcase these stylish women, pictured in the Market Square in 1964, modelling ‘Co-op spring fashions’.
Do any of our followers recognise any of these women? We’d love to know if any of them still have a link to Salisbury.

Find more historic photos like this one in our exhibition Salisbury on Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive.

📷: Fashion models in the Market Square in 1964.

08/09/2023

A look back at the festival 22-23 July 2023 here at Salisbury Museum

✨️ Redevelopment Project Update ✨️There have been some big structural changes this month. Most significantly, doors have...
06/09/2023

✨️ Redevelopment Project Update ✨️

There have been some big structural changes this month. Most significantly, doors have been fitted in our new Devenish Bradshaw Salisbury Gallery, meaning we can open the gallery up when using the back lawn for events.
Another big step was the installation of a brand new staircase, which allows access to our new first floor events space. We will also be installing a lift. An air handling unit is being put in the ceiling of the events space, so it still feels fresh during busy events.
Our new galleries are starting to take shape, with entrances, walls and ceilings being built. We have just 6 weeks before our base build is complete, making way for our exhibition fit out contractors to move in. 👷‍♂️

We remain open 7 days a week. Our current exhibition Salisbury in Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive is open now! 👷‍♀️🏛

Made possible with National Lottery Heritage Fund

You won't want to miss this online talk in October! We will be joined by Ruby Vitorino who will discuss the rich history...
05/09/2023

You won't want to miss this online talk in October! We will be joined by Ruby Vitorino who will discuss the rich history and hauntings of the 'iconic' Haunch of Venison English pub.

It has stood for centuries in the heart of Salisbury, opposite the Poultry Cross, on the edge of the city's chartered market, and neighbouring the graveyard of St Thomas's Church. It stuccoed front, sandwiched between two black and white beamed buildings, and its Edwardian pewter-topped bar, are familiar from engravings paintings and photographs from over the years.

But how many people know its history? From whom was building erected? Who owned it? Who lived there? Who worked there? And who drank there? Who were some of the celebrities who have frequented it over the years? And do ghost really exist? Whilst we can't know for sure, Ruby has included many eyewitness accounts from customers and staff of the Haunch of Venison who are now certain they can!

This is the first talk Ruby has done since her book 'The Haunch of Venison, Salisbury: an A-Z History' launched'.

This is a fundraising talk for Salisbury Museum (registered charity no 289850)
£9 Members; £12 Non-members
Please note this is an online talk
Pre-booking essential, book your tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-haunch-of-venison-online-talk-by-ruby-vitorino-moody-tickets-703251533267?aff=oddtdtcreator

Under Fives Friday ~ Wonderful Wildlife!Friday 8 September10am - 11.30amHarnham Sports and Social Club are hosting us fo...
04/09/2023

Under Fives Friday ~ Wonderful Wildlife!
Friday 8 September
10am - 11.30am
Harnham Sports and Social Club are hosting us for another amazing museum toddlers' session!
Hedgehogs crawling through the leaves, brightly coloured fishes, flying birds, rainbow leaves... If you like sticking, colouring, scraping, making then this is the session for you!
Next year the museum will have it's own natural history gallery, so get in the mood now and think about all the wonderful wildlife around us. This could be the start of your very own 'gallery'!

No booking required.
Museum members show your card, otherwise £2.50 (cash please).
Harnham Sports and Social Club,

See you there!

Tickets still available for The Skripal Files talk this September!The Skripal Files tells the full story behind the Sali...
01/09/2023

Tickets still available for The Skripal Files talk this September!

The Skripal Files tells the full story behind the Salisbury Poisonings, one of the most shocking incidents to occur in Britain in recent memory. Broadcaster and historian Mark Urban interviewed Sergei Skripal in the months before the poisoning and explains why Skripal was targeted for assassination.

Salisbury Museum welcomes Mark Urban to the city so devastatingly caught up in the Skripal’s story, to talk about his book; explaining the investigation and research he carried out ahead of the poisonings that took place here in Salisbury.

You can buy a copy of The Skripal Files in our museum shop, or on the evening of the event at the venue.

This is a fundraising talk for Salisbury Museum (registered charity no 289850).
Saturday 23 September, 7:30pm
Location: Salisbury Methodist Church (Please note this talk is in-person)
book here:

Salisbury Museum welcomes Mark Urban to the city so devastatingly caught up in the Skripal’s story, to talk about his book on the Skripals.

Another puzzling photograph for you to solve! This group are heading to a Save the Children service, but can you guess w...
31/08/2023

Another puzzling photograph for you to solve!
This group are heading to a Save the Children service, but can you guess where the photo was taken?
Leave your guess in the comments below and we will reveal the answer after 3pm.
📷: Children on their way to a Save the Children service in 1966.

Music for young ones and their adults!Thursday 31 AugustMusician Emily Askew will be performing for younger families liv...
27/08/2023

Music for young ones and their adults!
Thursday 31 August
Musician Emily Askew will be performing for younger families live at the Bemerton Heath Centre 11am - 2pm
We are ending this summer's season of museum 'discovery days' with a musical fanfare provided by multi-instrumentalist Emily Askew.
Emily has a strong following with Salisbury families for getting every child in the room singing, clapping, shaking and dancing along to all her wonderful instruments and songs to sing-along to!
This session is FREE and everyone is welcome!
Two halves and an interval. It's best to aim for an 11am arrival for this one so you don't miss out!

Thursday 31 August
11am - 2pm
FREE
No booking required
The Bemerton Heath Centre

See you there!

There is lots to do and see this sunny bank holiday weekend at Salisbury Museum! ☀️We have our temporary exhibition on d...
25/08/2023

There is lots to do and see this sunny bank holiday weekend at Salisbury Museum! ☀️

We have our temporary exhibition on display Salisbury On Camera: 50 Years of the Salisbury Journal Archive, our internationally important Wessex Gallery, you can take part in our Summer Story Challenge (for all ages!) or just browse our museum shop! Finally don’t forget that we have the Wood Bar on the front lawn serving a delicious range of light refreshments!

Normal Admission charges apply (we are offering a 50% reduction on our admission prices as part of our Past Forward offer)

⏪ Throwback Thursday ⏪As we undergo transformation with our £5million redevelopment project, we have been looking back t...
24/08/2023

⏪ Throwback Thursday ⏪

As we undergo transformation with our £5million redevelopment project, we have been looking back to when the museum first moved into the King's House in 1981!
We have plenty more photos to share, so do let us know if you have any specific memories of the galleries that you'd like us to find photographic evidence of!

23/08/2023

Under Fives Friday
Friday 8 September
10am - 11.30am
at Harnham Sports and Social Club
This month museum volunteer Mary is leading an arty workshop thinking about nature.
See our website for details.
Meanwhile, here's a look back to a film Mary made for everyone stuck at home during 'you-know-what' in 2020!

Enjoy!

Our Behind The Scenes Tours are running throughout 2023. Led by the museum Director or another member of the team - you ...
23/08/2023

Our Behind The Scenes Tours are running throughout 2023. Led by the museum Director or another member of the team - you will be able to explore areas of the museum not seen by the public and see some of the many fascinating items hidden away in the King's House.

We have extended dates all the way up till Christmas. The tour is limited to 10 spaces so make sure you don't miss your opportunity! Please book your space here:

First Saturday of the month, starting at 2.30pm

Looking for something to do during the rainy summer holidays? Come along to Salisbury Museum, and take part in our Summe...
21/08/2023

Looking for something to do during the rainy summer holidays? Come along to Salisbury Museum, and take part in our Summer Story Challenge for a chance to become a curator for the day!

Pick up your pack from our front desk when you come and visit and choose which challenge to take part in. You can draw your story on a story board, give us a snappy ten bullet point story, or write a one page wonder. With levels for all ages, we want you to tell us a story about our objects. The winning submissions will receive the amazing prize of ‘being a curator’ at the museum for a whole day!
Each participant gets FREE return visit to the museum to find out as much as possible about their chosen object.

Please find full details on our website or ask at the museum front desk.
https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/salisbury-museum-summer-competition/

In 1971 Salisbury’s first supermarket ‘Price Rite’ opened. It was in Bridge Street, in what is now Wagamama. Somewhat di...
18/08/2023

In 1971 Salisbury’s first supermarket ‘Price Rite’ opened. It was in Bridge Street, in what is now Wagamama. Somewhat different to the supermarkets of today!
We’d love to hear which former shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants you remember fondly. If there was one you could bring back, which would it be?

Find more historic photos like this in our current exhibition Salisbury on Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive.

📷: The staff of Price Rite in 1971

16/08/2023

Did you Climb the Monolith? If you missed it, here's some more family events you could try this summer:

Thursday 17th August 11am ~2pm
Arty fun based on the museum's 1912 'Scout Motor Car' with Emma Kerr at the Bemerton Heath Centre. Free!

Tuesday 22 August 10am ~ 4pm
Print your own front page museum newspaper with Alexandra Sutherland at the museum. Museum admission.

Thursday 24 August 11am ~ 2pm
Art inspired by the Downton Roman Mosaic with Emma Kerr at the Bemerton Heath Centre. Free

Thursday 31 August 11am ~ 2pm.
One for the toddlers! Musician Emily Askew leading a fun session of singing, clapping and music making at the Bemerton Heath Centre. Free. Please arrive 11am for the start for this one.

Head down to Salisbury Museum tomorrow! https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/summer-discovery-day-climb-a-monolith/
14/08/2023

Head down to Salisbury Museum tomorrow!
https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/summer-discovery-day-climb-a-monolith/

We’ll be joining our friends at The Salisbury Museum tomorrow on 15th August for their Summer Discovery Day! 🧗

Don’t miss your chance to scale the heights of a monolith, which is the same height as our tallest sarsen stone. We’ll be there with our Neolithic handling collection, talking about all things Stonehenge.

Find out more ➡️ https://bit.ly/43ZVm9m

The Skripal Files tells the full story behind the Salisbury Poisonings, one of the most shocking incidents to occur in B...
09/08/2023

The Skripal Files tells the full story behind the Salisbury Poisonings, one of the most shocking incidents to occur in Britain in recent memory. Broadcaster and historian Mark Urban interviewed Sergei Skripal in the months before the poisoning and explains why Skripal was targeted for assassination.

Salisbury Museum welcomes Mark Urban to the city so devastatingly caught up in the Skripal’s story, to talk about his book; explaining the investigation and research he carried out ahead of the poisonings that took place here in Salisbury.

This is a fundraising talk for Salisbury Museum (registered charity no 289850).

Tickets available

Saturday 23 September, 7:30pm
Location: Salisbury Methodist Church (Please note this talk is in-person)
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-skripal-files-a-talk-by-mark-urban-tickets-650665005547?aff=oddtdtcreator

Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm

09/08/2023

Climb a Monolith!
Back by very popular demand
Tuesday 15 August
10am - 4pm
Climb a monolith (climbing wall) the same height as the tallest Sarsen Stones at Stonehenge and meet the English Heritage team with their fascinating collection of replica Neolithic objects which would have been familiar to the builders of the World Heritage Site monument.

Harnesses fit most children to adults

Museum forecourt
No booking required
Normal museum admission applies

See you there!

Please note today our phone systems are changing and will be interrupted for most of the day. Our phone system should be...
07/08/2023

Please note today our phone systems are changing and will be interrupted for most of the day. Our phone system should be up and running as normal from tomorrow onwards. For urgent enquiries you can contact us via email:

Please first take a look at our FAQ section which answers the most common queries. If you still need to contact us, please use the form below. The Salisbury MuseumThe King’s House,65 The Close,SalisburySP1 2EN [email protected] 01722 332151 The Salisbury MuseumThe King’s House,65 The...

Join as a member and see more this summer ☀️ Membership to Salisbury Museum includes free entry to Stonehenge, Wiltshire...
07/08/2023

Join as a member and see more this summer ☀️

Membership to Salisbury Museum includes free entry to Stonehenge, Wiltshire Museum, Dorset Museum, STEAM Museum and Lydiard House Museum.

Single membership (1 adult and 2 children) starts from just £24 for your first year as part of our direct debit offer. Sign up on your visit to the museum or find the application form here: https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/support-us/membership/

Tuesday 8 AugustArt for the family with Lucy OatesSummer 'Discovery Days' continue with  Royal College of Art graduate L...
06/08/2023

Tuesday 8 August
Art for the family with Lucy Oates
Summer 'Discovery Days' continue with Royal College of Art graduate Lucy Oates.

Inspired by our wonderful collections of ancient artefacts, Lucy will be helping you create your own ancient wonder artwork to take home.

This is an opportunity for the whole family to meet Lucy and be inspired by her creative imagination and skills in making beautiful art.

No booking required. Drop in 10am - 4pm

Normal museum admission

If you’ve visited recently, you will have seen the scaffolding and may have heard our builders hard at work transforming...
04/08/2023

If you’ve visited recently, you will have seen the scaffolding and may have heard our builders hard at work transforming some of our galleries.
The museum was founded in 1860 and has evolved in many ways throughout the years. Before it moved to its current location in the Close, the museum was housed in St Ann Street.
We’d love to hear your memories of the museum in its many forms. Do you remember the museum on St Ann Street? How about the galleries that predated the Wessex Gallery? Have you managed to repress those memories of carpeted walls and creepy mannequins?

Find more historic photos like this in our current exhibition Salisbury on Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive.

📷: Curator Hugh Shortt in 1960 showing visitors the Shrewton beaker burial.

✨️ Redevelopment Project Update ✨️July was a busy month for our contractors. Despite the wet weather the work on our roo...
03/08/2023

✨️ Redevelopment Project Update ✨️

July was a busy month for our contractors. Despite the wet weather the work on our roof has continued. While removing our roof tiles the roofers found one with a dog paw print! 🐾 We have popped it on display in our back corridor as inspiration for our summer story challenge and will be accessioning it into our collection. ✍️
In the former lecture hall the team from Cliveden Conservation also uncovered a patch of wall painting beneath the layers of plaster and paint.
Other big happenings in July were our Festival of Archaeology, where the team working on the new galleries were able to share their plans with the crowds, and most significantly the Salisbury Museum team undertook the daunting task of moving the Salisbury Giant to his new location, which involved tipping him sideways to squeeze through a doorway which he was too tall to fit through!

We remain open 7 days a week. Our current exhibition Salisbury in Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive is open now! 👷‍♀️🏛

Made possible with National Lottery Heritage Fund

Looking for something to do during the rainy summer holidays? Come along to the museum and take part in our Summer Story...
02/08/2023

Looking for something to do during the rainy summer holidays? Come along to the museum and take part in our Summer Story Challenge!

Be a story detective and find the clues to our objects’ history.

With levels for all ages, we want you to tell us a story about our objects. The winning submissions will receive the amazing prize of a ‘be a curator’ experience here at the museum for the day!

Pick up your pack from our front desk when you visit and choose which challenge to take part in. You can draw your story on a story board, give us a snappy ten bullet point story, or write a one page wonder.

Each participant gets free return entry to the museum to find out as much as possible about their chosen object. You can find the full details on our website or ask at the museum front desk.

We want to know all about our objects: where did they come from? how were they made? who used them and how? with the finale being of course, how they came to be in the ground to one day be found and displayed here at Salisbury Museum.

Look out for highlighted objects throughout the museum to inspire your story by finding the ‘Summer Story Challenge’ signs and talking to our volunteers.

A spotlight on: The Salisbury Giant The Giant has been a central figure in celebrations in Salisbury for centuries. Page...
02/08/2023

A spotlight on: The Salisbury Giant

The Giant has been a central figure in celebrations in Salisbury for centuries. Pageants were an important part of city life, in fact, as guild members you could be fined for not attending. Such was the strength of feeling, that when plague ravaged the city in 1627, the tailors, against the orders of the mayor, went ahead with their customary feast, resulting in the death of 5 of the 6 attendees. The guild often processed on the eve of saint days. Many processional giants of other English cities were destroyed during the reformation due to their religious associations. In more recent history, the Giant and Hob-Nob were commonly brought out for royal occasions including christenings, marriages, jubilees, and coronations.
A replica Giant and Hob-Nob are making a reappearance at events in the city thanks to Sarum Morris and a small group of keen helpers.

To celebrate the year of the King's Coronation, Salisbury Museum are offering an exciting opportunity for your group to have a professional photograph taken alongside our Salisbury Giant and go behind the scenes at Salisbury Museum. If your local group would like to have your photograph taken with the Giant, please contact Katie at [email protected]. These group portraits are part of a long tradition of official photographs with the Giant and will be displayed alongside the Giant in our new galleries.

We're inviting groups of all kinds to join us on 5th August for this unique opportunity.

*please note the Giant is not currently on display due to building works*

📸: Dinner in the Market Square celebrating the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902

Wolf Road – Alice RobertsThursday, August 3, 2023 In the museum gardenJoin anthropologist, author and broadcaster Alice ...
27/07/2023

Wolf Road – Alice Roberts
Thursday, August 3, 2023
In the museum garden

Join anthropologist, author and broadcaster Alice Roberts for this family event, as she reveals the inspiration behind her novel, Wolf Road.

Alice Roberts transports readers back into the depths of the Ice Age, where bands of hunter gatherers follow reindeer herds along river valleys, shamans communicate with the spirit world, and where survival depends on crafting skill and intimate knowledge of the animals and plants in the landscape. At twelve years old, Tuuli feels sure she knows almost everything there is to know about her world – and what the future may hold for her. But the appearance of a strange boy in the woods leads to an unlikely friendship that will challenge her worldview and change her life. An epic adventure full of wild animals, vast scenery and heart-stopping danger, inspired by real archaeological discoveries. For fans of His Dark Materials, Wolf Brother and The Last Bear, join Tuuli on the prehistoric adventure of a lifetime.

Join anthropologist, author and broadcaster Alice Roberts for this family event, as she reveals the inspiration behind her novel, Wolf Road – taking readers on a journey into the Ice Age. Find out about the archaeology that informed the book, from stone tools and animal bones to painted caves and carved mammoth ivory. And discover how cutting edge science is challenging and changing our ideas about the deep past and bringing our ancient ancestors into focus, letting us see them more clearly than ever before.

Join us at Salisbury Museum for the event and a chance to buy a signed special edition of Wolf Road from the Rocketship Bookshop as part of your ticket.

This event will take place on the museum rear lawn.

Tickets:

Child admission including accompanying adult and copy of Wolf Road – £15

Additional child admission only – book not included – £5

Adult admission with copy of Wolf Road – £18

Adult admission only £8

Pre-booking essential:
https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/wolf-road-alice-roberts/

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Summer Holiday fun at the museum...Every Tuesday!Tuesday August 1We begin our summer programme of 'Discovery Days' with ...
27/07/2023

Summer Holiday fun at the museum...
Every Tuesday!

Tuesday August 1
We begin our summer programme of 'Discovery Days' with some hands on living history in the grounds of the museum...

‘The Outside’ are experts in all things fabric, and their knowledge stretches far, far back in time.

Colourful potions made from traditional roots and herbs, seething in cauldrons stirred with wands. Whirling drop spindles, spinning wool into a yarn, to be braided or woven into a cloth that might determine a person’s fate… Are there time travelling witches inhabiting the museum garden for the ancient feast day of Lammas, or simply practitioners of the ancient crafts of dyeing with plant dyes, spinning and weaving on a warp weighted loom? Come and visit us to find out, learn about the dye plants and have a go at spinning, weaving or braiding.

If you like history, and you like trying your hand at crafts from the past, this is the day out for you!

See website for...

Tuesday August 8
Lucy Oates, artist. Inspired by the Wessex Gallery collection of ancient archaeology, make your own art.

Tuesday August 15
Climb a Monolith! Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team bringing back their climbing wall at the museum - it's the same height as Stonehenge! Plus meet the English Heritage Stonehenge team and handle their wonderful Neolithic replicas

Tuesday August 22
Extra, Extra, Read all about it! Artist Liza Morgan will be showing you how to print your own newspaper front page, inspired by the amazing museum collections

Dates as above
10am - 4pm
Normal Museum Admission
Friendly dogs welcome in grounds on lead.
No booking required

It's all on the website ~
https://salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/

Summer Trashion!Free summer holiday workshops for 12 – 18 year olds.Young people’s sustainable fashion show and workshop...
26/07/2023

Summer Trashion!

Free summer holiday workshops for 12 – 18 year olds.
Young people’s sustainable fashion show and workshops at the museum.

Join one or more of our workshops at The Salisbury Museum over the summer and make your own outfit to wear down the catwalk at an exciting sustainable fashion show in October. All workshop sessions are for 12 – 18 year olds

Wednesday 2 August
The Salisbury Museum 11.00am - 3.00pm
Sustainable Fashion Show workshop. Natural dying using indigo Try out natural dye techniques and create a unique piece of clothing! This workshop will be messy!

Thursday 10 August
The Salisbury Museum 10.30am - 12.00noon
Sustainable Fashion Show workshop. Upcycling hacks Learn fun and easy ways to transform old clothes into stunning new outfits!

Monday 14 August
The Salisbury Museum 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Sustainable Fashion Show workshop. Trashion show Create a catwalk outfit from recycled materials. Tear into discarded textiles (and a whole heap of tinfoil) and let your imaginations rip!

Wednesday 23 August
The Salisbury Museum 10.30 - 12.30
Sustainable Fashion Show workshop. Create an accessory to wear at the sustainable fashion show in this fun creative activity

Workshops are free but places need to be booked in advance by contacting [email protected]

A spotlight on: The Salisbury Giant Moving the Salisbury Giant is no mean feat! The Giant is designed to be lifted and m...
26/07/2023

A spotlight on: The Salisbury Giant

Moving the Salisbury Giant is no mean feat! The Giant is designed to be lifted and moved by one person, who supports the wicker frame of the Giant on their shoulders. The heaviest part of the Giant is his head, which is made of solid carved wood. At an original height of 14ft tall, he has been known to lurch and even fall into crowds. There is written record of members of the local Butcher’s Guild bearing the Giant, taking it in turns and stopping off at every pub to reward each butcher with a pint after their stint. Clearing the way through the crowds for the Giant would be Hob-Nob, a menacing hobby horse, now also housed at the museum. Also mentioned as part of a pageant in 1572 are ‘whifflers’ who carried the Giant’s sword and mace, Morris dancers, a Maid Marian and most ominously ‘the Devil’.

To celebrate the year of the King's Coronation, Salisbury Museum are offering an exciting opportunity for your group to have a professional photograph taken alongside our Salisbury Giant and go behind the scenes at Salisbury Museum. If your local group would like to have your photograph taken with the Giant, please contact Katie at [email protected]. These group portraits are part of a long tradition of official photographs with the Giant and will be displayed alongside the Giant in our new galleries.

We're inviting groups of all kinds to join us on 5th August for this unique opportunity.

*please note the Giant is not currently on display due to building works*

📸: The coronation of King Edward VII in 1902

A puzzle for you! Can you spot 2 things that are backwards in this photo? ❄️For more historic photos like come and visit...
25/07/2023

A puzzle for you! Can you spot 2 things that are backwards in this photo? ❄️

For more historic photos like come and visit our current exhibition Salisbury on Camera: 50 years of the Salisbury Journal Archive.

📷: St Ann’s Gate pictured on a snowy day in 1955.

It's here! Festival 2023Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 JulyA packed showground of history, hands on fun, living history and fre...
21/07/2023

It's here! Festival 2023

Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 July
A packed showground of history, hands on fun, living history and free talks;
College of Chivalry ~ Cotswold Archaeology ~ Ancient Wessex Network ~ Andrew Ziminski, stonemason ~ Scrapstore children's art ~ strolling minstrel ~ Rockbourne Roman Villa ~ Henry Gray, Stonemason ~ Wiltshire Museum ~ English Heritage Stonehenge ~ Portable Antiquities Scheme ~ Avon Valley Archaeology Society ~ Companions of the Longbow ~ Young Archaeologists Club ~ Real Ale stand ~ CBA Wessex ~ Wood Bar Cafe and look out for the ghost of Sir John Slade!

Saturday
10.30 – 11.30 Bridget Telfer –Past Forward Project Curator
Keys, corsets, otters and a motor car: curating the museum’s new galleries for 2024!

12.00 – 13.00 Steve Bush, Project Officer, Cotswold Archaeology
Uncovering a major Bronze Age barrow cemetery near Netherhampton, Salisbury

13.30 – 14.30 Julian Richards, Archaeologist and curator of the new Pottery Gallery.
A potted History of Britain

15.00 – 16.00 Alyson Tanner, Portable Antiquity Scheme.
The Story of Coombe Bissett Down through its Finds – Alyson Tanner and Alix Smith

Sunday
12.00 – 13.00 Michael Gorely, Local Heritage Education Manager, Historic England
‘Using Historic England’s resources to discover your local heritage’

13.30 – 14.30 Andrew Ziminski, stonemason
A career in ruins.

15.00 – 16.00 Jamie Wright, Archaeologist, and brick history expert
King’s House, and Salisbury’s Brick Buildings and Brick Kilns.

Showground, free talks and access to the museum included in DONATION ENTRY all weekend.
Dogs welcome on leads
No booking required
Open 10am - 5pm
Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 July
See you there!

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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Just one week until opening! It’s been all stations go with our exhibition today.

Curator Harriet Still has been here overseeing Arts University Bournemouth installation piece ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles coming to Stonehenge.’ Which looks AMAZING! (Also big up Andy and the team for installing it)

Opening across all 4 Wessex Museums on Saturday 28th May.

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The Salisbury Museum is delighted to announce the launch of 'Fashioning Our World: Exploring Historic Fashion to Inspire a Sustainable Future.'

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, this exciting project aims to inspire young people to think differently about fashion by using collections that explore stories and promote sustainability.

Why not check it out this weekend: https://fashioningourworld.org.uk/
On , Hardy curator, Harriet Still, gives a sneak peek into what’s happening with the installation of our Hardy’s Wessex exhibition. Opens 28 May.

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Today is David, our Director, will be on BBC Radio Wiltshire just before 11 to talk about Museums in Wiltshire and our Hardy's Wessex exhibition with our Wessex Museums friends - open soon! The Salisbury Museum Poole Museum Service Dorset Museum https://www.wessexmuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/exhibitions-events/thomas-hardy-exhibition/
This talk at Maiden Bradley (on Thursday at 8pm) will be very interesting, we will see how we live near some of the most significant pre-historic sites in the land and we will see incredible photos of them from above.

David Abram's book comes out in the autumn and his images have recently been on display in The Salisbury Museum.

Wine, soft drinks & snacks will be available.

Tickets available on eventbrite and there should be a few left on the door.
We’re really looking forward to visiting The Salisbury Museum on Friday for their Under Fives session. Come along and join in the fun 😀
A feast of visual arts are on offer throughout the festival period, with exhibitions, workshops and walks to inspire the senses.

Join us at The Salisbury Museum, The Vanner Gallery, Pound Arts Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park and more beautiful venues across the region.

View full programme: https://bit.ly/3OUHo2b


‘Collect and Create’ Project with The Salisbury Museum Wessex Museums Rise 61

Check out the new film and collection exhibited at Salisbury Museum

https://www.wessexmuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/exhibitions-events/my-world-my-future-salisbury-rise61/


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See Salisbury like never before, with thrilling performances in unexpected places!

Experience Avant Garde Dance on the roof of Old George Mall Salisbury car park: https://bit.ly/3kyrg8n

Or how about a prescription for your very own bespoke, private concert in the gardens of The Salisbury Museum: https://bit.ly/37d6h8i

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And not forgetting FREE pop-up experiences across the city with the unmissable City Encounters weekend: https://bit.ly/3KFEM4W
What a lovely we spent in the Museum..this from our village Downton..