New Galleries Open

The Salisbury history, ceramics and natural history galleries are now OPEN!

We welcomed over 2000 visitors on our grand reopening event on Saturday 13th July to celebrate the completion of the project and discover our new galleries, café, and venue hire spaces.

We are extremely grateful to the volunteers, researchers, funders, donors, and local sponsors for all of their input and support in making this happen.



Devenish Bradshaw Salisbury Gallery

Spanning three of the museum’s principal ground floor spaces, this new gallery tells Salisbury’s story from 1220 to the 21st century.

Ceramics Gallery

This new gallery in the King’s Room tells a ‘potted history’ of ceramics in Britain from prehistory to the present day.

Natural History Gallery

The museum’s collection of natural history has been brought out of storage to explore issues of bio-diversity and climate change.

The Studio

A hub for learning at the museum and for activities ranging from object handling to craft workshops. Find our more about our current learning programme.

Museum Hall

A reconfigured first floor gallery is now a superb venue for lectures, courses and community meetings. It has its own dedicated lift.



This project is also about exploring new ways of involving the community in the museum, through learning programmes and thematic activities such as storytelling, reminiscence and oral history collection, as well as expanding existing programmes to meet the needs of particular groups, including the elderly and those with learning difficulties.



We are delighted to have been awarded £3.2 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in September 2021. In addition uplift grants totalling nearly £700,000 were awarded due to inflation in late 2022 and mid 2023. Alongside this the museum is grateful to the many individuals, trusts and foundations who have contributed towards the £1.2 million needed in match funding. This includes the Devenish Bradshaw family, Garfield Weston Foundation, Headley Trust, Foyle Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Linbury Trust, the Charles Hayward Foundation, The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust, The Hobson Charity and The Landfill Communities Fund.

£5.1m Project cost

£3.9m NLHF grants

£1.2m Donations and pledges received

You can donate to the museum online with JustGiving by clicking on the button below. Alternatively, you can download the donation form and return it to Salisbury Museum.


For more information about the project or if you experience any issues donating through JustGiving, please email the project team

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