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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.

Datesort descending Title Type
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, exhibited 1831, one of the greatest masterpieces of British Art, was secured for the nation with assistance from the 

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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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2017-03-23 18:00:00 to 2017-03-23 20:00:0023Mar2017

Turner, Constable and the French Impressionists in Britain: A talk by Nicholas Alfrey

Thursday, March 23, 2017 -
18:00 to 20:00

Fundraising Event

As our ‘Constable in Context’ draws to a close, join us for ‘last chance to see’ Private View and glass of wine, followed by a talk from Nicholas Alfrey.

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2017-03-25 10:30:00 to 2017-03-25 12:30:0025Mar2017

Constable Walks: Step into 'Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1831'

Saturday, March 25, 2017 -
10:30 to 12:30

Blue Badge guides will lead a 1.5 - 2 hour walk, starting in front of the museum at 10.30am and visiting key locations for both John Constable and his legendary painting of Salisbury Cathedral

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2017-03-30 17:30:00 to 2017-03-30 19:00:0030Mar2017

Making Giants: The Salisbury Giant and his kin - A talk by Alixe Bovey

Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:00

Fundraising Event

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2017-04-07 23:00:00 to 2017-09-02 23:00:0008Apr2017

British Art: Ancient Landscapes

Saturday, April 8, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017

The British landscape has been a continual inspiration to artists across the centuries and particularly the landscapes shaped and marked by our distant ancestors.

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2017-04-07 23:00:00 to 2017-09-02 23:00:0008Apr2017

Spoons - A stirring tale...

Saturday, April 8, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017

This unusual exhibition of spoons, is the result of a project working in collaboration with the NFWI Craft Committee.

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2017-04-08 09:30:00 to 2017-04-08 12:00:0008Apr2017

Young Curators Club: Textile Terra Firma

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to life every second Satur

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2017-04-15 09:00:00 to 2017-04-15 15:00:0015Apr2017

Easter at the Museum

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00

Join us and help make a giant mosaic for Easter with our friends Urban Canvas. Storytelling and an Easter archaeology trail with prizes too.

Fundraising Event

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2017-04-18 13:00:00 to 2017-04-18 15:00:0018Apr2017

Rena Gardiner at Salisbury Cathedral: A walk with Specialist Guides

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 -
14:00 to 16:00

Using Rena Gardiner’s ‘History at Salisbury Cathedral’ guide book as inspiration, join two specialist Cathedral guides for a unique visit to Salisbury Cathedral.

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2017-04-26 17:00:00 to 2017-04-26 19:00:0026Apr2017

Primal Magic: The Prehistoric Landscape in British Art: A talk by Professor Sam Smiles

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
18:00 to 20:00

In this talk Professor Sam Smiles, curator of the ‘British Art: Ancient Landscapes’ exhibition, will look at some examples of artistic engagements with British antiquity that lie beyond the topogr

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2017-05-05 09:30:00 to 2017-05-05 11:30:0005May2017

British Art: Ancient Landscapes - Curator's walk through with Professor Sam Smiles

Friday, May 5, 2017 -
10:30 to 12:30

Professor Sam Smiles will lead an exclusive walk through the ‘British Art: Ancient Landscapes’ exhibition that he has curated for the museum.

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2017-05-10 23:00:00 to 2017-06-14 23:00:0011May2017

Course: Understanding Chalkland Landscapes

Thursday, May 11, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursdays 11, 18, 25 May and 1, 8 and 15 June, 10.15 am - 5pm

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2017-05-11 17:30:00 to 2017-05-11 19:00:0011May2017

An English Arcadia: Edith Olivier and Rex Whistler in Wiltshire - A talk by Anna Thomasson

Thursday, May 11, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:00

Whistler was 19 and a rising star of the art world when he met Olivier, a 51-year-old spinster, in 1925. Together, they embarked on a friendship that would transform their lives.

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2017-05-12 09:00:00 to 2017-05-12 10:00:0012May2017

Under Five's Friday: Printing Marks with Suzie Gutteridge

Friday, May 12, 2017 -
10:00 to 11:00

Join artist Suzie Gutteridge as she leads a creative session inspired by the mark making of printmaker Rena Gardiner.

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2017-05-13 09:30:00 to 2017-05-13 12:15:0013May2017

Young Curators Club: Ancient archery

Saturday, May 13, 2017 -
10:30 to 13:15

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to life every second Satur

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2017-05-19 17:00:00 to 2017-05-19 19:00:0019May2017

Museums at Night: Great Battles with Greg Chapman

Friday, May 19, 2017 -
18:00 to 20:00

History comes to life for Museums at Night with the amazing Greg Chapman. Back by popular demand, historical entertainer Greg will re-enact some of history’s greatest battles on our back lawn!

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2017-05-25 17:30:00 to 2017-05-25 19:00:0025May2017

Rock Art: Prehistoric Art in the Prehistoric Landscape - A talk by Professor Richard Bradley

Thursday, May 25, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:00

In this talk, Professor Richard Bradley will look at the practice of carving what look like abstract designs, at significant points in the British landscape.

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2017-05-28 23:00:00 to 2017-05-29 23:00:0029May2017

Bank Holiday Fun - The Coo Var Glow Wall

Monday, May 29, 2017 to Tuesday, May 30, 2017

10am - 4pm

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2017-06-09 09:00:00 to 2017-06-09 10:30:0009Jun2017

Under Five's Friday: Galloping through the Landscape with Suzie Gutteridge

Friday, June 9, 2017 -
10:00 to 11:30

Arty fun for little ones! Join artist Suzie Gutteridge as we take a gallop through the landscape, inspired by the chalk horses of Wiltshire.

Suitable for 2-5 year olds. Babies welcome.

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2017-06-10 09:30:00 to 2017-06-10 12:00:0010Jun2017

Young Curators Club: Chivalry School

Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to life every second Satur

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2017-06-15 09:00:00 to 2017-06-15 16:00:0015Jun2017

Outing to Down Farm

Thursday, June 15, 2017 -
10:00 to 17:00

Led by Martin Green, spend the day enjoying art and archaeology in the landscape of Down Farm.

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2017-06-22 17:30:00 to 2017-06-22 19:00:0022Jun2017

Eric Ravilious: Downland Man - A talk by James Russell

Thursday, June 22, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:00

Eric Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942, yet he had already achieved amazing things.

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2017-06-29 17:30:00 to 2017-06-29 19:00:0029Jun2017

Between Avebury and Stonehenge: The Vale of Pewsey Project - A talk by Dr Jim Leary

Thursday, June 29, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:00

This talk will provide an overview of recent archaeological investigations in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire.

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2017-07-06 17:30:00 to 2017-07-06 19:00:0006Jul2017

The Draw of the Ancient Landscape - A talk with Anna and Patrick Dillon

Thursday, July 6, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:00

The landscape of the Wessex Chalklands with its prehistoric monuments is a frequent theme in Modernist British painting, notably through the work of Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and John Piper.

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2017-07-08 09:30:00 to 2017-07-08 12:00:0008Jul2017

Young Curators Club: Prehistoric metalworking

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -
10:30 to 13:00

Join us for a fun adventure bringing history to life every second Satur

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2017-07-14 09:00:00 to 2017-07-14 10:30:0014Jul2017

Under Five's Friday: Digging for Treasure with Suzie Gutteridge

Friday, July 14, 2017 -
10:00 to 11:30

Join artist Suzie Gutteridge for creative fun inspired by the Festival of Archaeology at the museum in July.

Suitable for 2-5 year olds. Babies welcome.

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2017-07-21 23:00:00 to 2017-07-22 23:00:0022Jul2017

Festival of Archaeology 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday

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2017-07-25 09:00:00 to 2017-07-25 15:00:0025Jul2017

Summer Discovery Day: Companions of the Long Bow

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00

10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm

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2017-08-01 09:00:00 to 2017-08-01 15:00:0001Aug2017

Summer Discovery Day: Printing with Charlotte Moreton

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00

10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm

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2017-08-08 09:00:00 to 2017-08-08 15:00:0008Aug2017

Summer Discovery Day: Make a Noah's Ark with Charlotte Stowell

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00

10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm

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2017-08-15 09:00:00 to 2017-08-15 15:00:0015Aug2017

Summer Discovery Day: Layered landscape tiles and pots with Sarah Holtby

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00

10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4pm

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2017-08-22 09:00:00 to 2017-08-22 15:00:0022Aug2017

Summer Discovery Day: Digging with Archaeologist Chris Elmer

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 -
10:00 to 16:00

10am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 5pm

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2017-09-01 23:00:00 to 2018-01-06 00:00:0002Sep2017

Paul Kidby: The Charmed Realm

Saturday, September 2, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018

Within the walls of this exhibition awaits a secret kingdom where the folk of dreams abide.

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2017-09-15 23:00:00 to 2018-01-13 00:00:0016Sep2017

Terry Pratchett: HisWorld

Saturday, September 16, 2017 to Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Salisbury Museum, The Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby present ‘Terry Pratchett: HisWorld’.

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