Museum Secures Grant from DCMS Wolfson Fund

We are delighted to announce that the DCMS/Wolfson Fund have awarded £100,000 to the museum towards the development of our new Archaeology of Wessex gallery (working title). This new gallery will be of international importance, telling the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times to the Norman Conquest.

The Archaeology of Wessex gallery will show why Salisbury has a unique place in the region’s and nation’s history. Our collections include some of the most important archaeological finds outside a national museum in Britain, including artefacts from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and the Pitt Rivers Wessex Collection. The gallery will place the story of Stonehenge within its wider chronological and regional context.

In addition to our existing collections, the gallery will contain new archaeological discoveries from the Stonehenge landscape, rarely seen objects from the archives of Wessex Archaeology and we will be requesting loans from the British Museum. We aim to create an environment where the latest research and discoveries can be made available to local residents and to national and international visitors.

The new gallery will also incorporate activities and learning programmes for all levels of learning, from pre-school children up to post-graduate students, and families who want to learn in an informal and enjoyable way.

The total costs of the new gallery will be £2.5 million. The museum has raised nearly £300,000 towards this target including major grants from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Charles Hayward Foundation. We will be submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1.8 million which will be considered later this year. If the museum secures all the funding the new gallery will open in 2014.

For further details contact Museum Director Adrian Green on 01722 820542, email: more information about the DCMS/Wolfson award see the press release on the DCMS website.