Older person and museum staff member in conversation

Our Work with Communities

We work in partnership with local people and community groups to share our heritage; creating, learning and discovering together.

Using the museum’s collections, we explore the story of our ancient city, the people who call it home and the amazing landscape that surrounds us. Working with people of all ages and perspectives gives us access to new ideas about our shared past and present, so we’re especially keen to work alongside people who may think the museum isn’t a place for them or with our regular                                                           audiences in entirely new ways.

We aim to make the museum a trusted social space, community resource and cultural hub by…

  • Responding to the needs of local people
  • Collaborating on and co-creating projects and events with groups
  • Sharing our skills and resources
  • Being creative together
  • Working alongside community volunteers to connect with more people
  • Collecting and sharing new stories to diversify the museum’s work and collections
  • Establishing long-term partnerships with community groups and organisations


Click on the links below for further information on our community projects and programmes and details on how you can take part.

Keep up to date by following our social media channels @SalisburyMuseum and for specific enquiries contact the museum and ask for Sarah, our Community Curator.


Museum Connect Video Project – Video series where local artists help you get creative using objects from the museum’s collections for inspiration.

COVID-19 Diaries for Salisbury – Oral history project asking local key workers to record audio diaries of their experience during the coronavirus pandemic.

Older and Wiser – Social and learning opportunities for older people, both for individuals and for organised groups.

Care and Community Settings – Outreach sessions available for groups in their own settings, including object handling and reminiscence activities.

Dementia Friendly Tours – Supported tours for groups and individuals led by Dementia Friends museum staff and volunteers.

The Meaning of Things – Our conversation project for small groups of people who don’t usually visit the museum, exploring what things we keep and why we keep them.

Conversation Club – A friendly monthly group for people who want to enjoy the museum’s collections and make new connections with others.

Relaxed Opening Hours – Our welcome for people on the Autism Spectrum and all neuro-diverse visitors.

The Image – A photography project for young people at risk in partnership with the Wiltshire Youth Offending Team.