Museum Leaps Forward with Gallery Redevelopment Plans

Salisbury Museum is seeking designers and new members of staff to move forward with our development plans. Earlier this year the museum was successful with a second round bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and was awarded a grant of £1,794,600 to develop our new Archaeology of Wessex gallery. The museum has also nearly raised an additional £600,000 to reach the total of £2.4 million needed to start the project.

The new gallery will be of international importance, telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest. The museum's collections include some of the most important archaeological finds outside a national museum in Britain, including artefacts from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, the Pitt Rivers Wessex Collection and the Amesbury Archer. The gallery will place the story of Stonehenge within its wider chronological and regional context

The museum needs the support of professional designers to develop our gallery designs and oversee the design process through to project completion.

Alongside this we are appointing a project curator and project manager to help deliver the project. Both roles will be central to the creation of the new gallery. The project curator will be responsible for the development of all content including objects, text and images. The project manager will be responsible for overseeing the museum's relationships with all external contractors and driving forward the implementation of the project. They will also co-ordinate a new team created for the project which will consist of new and existing staff who will all share a passion for delivering the new gallery. Both roles will be 16 month contracts.

Finally the museum has also secured funding from Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement to appoint a professional development officer. Whilst we develop our programme of capital works, this role will help to secure revenue funding from a range of potential funders, and will be responsible for reaching an annual revenue target. This role will be a 12 month contract.

The museum invites all designers who might be interested in submitting a tender for the Archaeology of Wessex gallery project to contact the museum in the first instance to discuss the project in more detail. There are further instructions on how to submit a tender on the documents section of this website (under the job descriptions and forms section). The closing date for tenders for the gallery design is noon on Monday 1 October 2012.

The closing date for all jobs applications is Monday 1 October 2012. All applicants must fill in a job application form. CVs alone will not be accepted.

Further details can be downloaded from the documents section of the website, or you can contact Adrian Green or Sara Willis at Salisbury Museum on 01722 332151 or email:

Please note: For the gallery design there is a separate 'invitation to tender document' and 'brief'. For job applications there is a separate 'job description' and 'information pack'.