Adopt an Object

Adopt an Object

Every item in our collection requires tender loving care. That may mean conservation, restoration, storage, specialist mounts, display cases or display graphics. All these things require specialists to work on them and time and money to complete. Our Adopt an Object Scheme offers our members the opportunity to play a part in the care of our fascinating collections. By choosing an object and adopting it for a two year period, you will become part of the story of that object. We will let you know if it is moved, redisplayed, loaned out or put in storage. Your name will be placed beside the object when it is on display.

We do hope that you will become part of this incentive to raise funds to help keep our collections in the best condition possible. There are 40 objects which can be adopted for a minimum donation of £100 and ten star objects below in bold with a minimum donation of £250. Of course if there is an object you love but is not on the list please let us know. The objects are listed below. Please contact museum Director Adrian Green at for further information.

1. Stonehenge by JMW Turner- Adopted

2. The Salisbury Giant and Hob Nob- Adopted

3. Panoramic View of Salisbury from the North East

4. Rex Whistler’s paintings of Wilton (5 pictures)- Adopted

5. Great bustards

6. Warminster jewel- Adopted

7. Amesbury archer- Adopted

8. Jadeite axehead from the Alps- Adopted

9. Monkton Deverill torc and palstave axe- Adopted

10. Stonehenge gneiss macehead - Adopted

11. Lady Chapel and Choir by JMW Turner- Adopted

12. Salisbury Cathedral North Porch by JMW Turner- Adopted

13. Salisbury Cathedral North Transept by JMW Turner- Adopted

14. Distant View of Salisbury from Old Sarum by JMW Turner

15. The Swallowcliffe mount- Adopted

16. Chess king from Ivy Street- Adopted

17. Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express by Frank Brooks

18. Downton fire engine

19. Hindon hoard- Adopted

20. Old Sarum kettle- Adopted

21. Wedgwood ‘Frog’ plate- Adopted

22. Wardour hoard- Adopted

23. Five senses Bow porcelain (5 objects)- Adopted

24. Verwood pottery

25. Bowerchalke Roman jewellery and coin hoard

26. Richard Parrett Pistols

27. Clarendon Palace tiles - Adopted

28. Sir Walter Alcock's engine

29. Shoehorn by Robert Mindun

30. Wiltshire brownware puzzle jug

31. Laurence Whistler glass- Adopted

32. Painting of Winterslow beaker burial

33. Limoges crucifix, 13th century

34. Stonework from Old Sarum- Adopted

35. Saxon finds from Mere

36. Downton mosaic

37. Brixton Deverill Hoard

38. Shrewton beaker burial- Adopted

39. The Stonehenge Archer - Adopted

40. A Pitt Rivers contour model

41. Pitt-Rivers craniometer

42. Wilton hanging bowl

43. Bowerchalke gold coin hoard

44. Mammoth tooth

45. Boles Barrow bluestone - Adopted

46. Fovant sword

47. Easton Down dog skeleton- Adopted

48. Amesbury sarcophagus

49. Tisbury Iron Age stater hoard- Adopted

50. Boscombe Bowmen beaker pots- Adopted

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