Drainage Collection

Medieval, 13th-15th century

Four keys from the ‘Drainage Collection’, which is made up of many ordinary and extraordinary objects that were disposed of by the people of the town in the medieval drainage channels that ran through the streets of Salisbury up until the mid 1800s. There are some 1300 or more objects in this unique collection: from everyday household items, to objects of personal adornment and all manner of artefacts that reflect some 500 or more, years of deliberate disposal or accidental loss. These objects were brought together as a collection, which resulted in the foundation of Salisbury Museum in 1860.

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Of particular significance in the collection are the relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury.

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