Salisbury Museum is about to undergo an exciting and large redevelopment project called Past Forward. This £4.4 million project will involve the creation of new galleries and displays as well as conservation work on our grade I listed building. To prepare for this building work we need to move four collection stores and empty four galleries. The new museum will open early in 2024.
This project means that from 15 April 2022 the museum will be suspending our collections enquiries service. We realise that this will be unwelcome news – but we have taken this difficult decision so our small team of staff can prioritise their work on the redevelopment project over the next few months – it is simply impossible for us to manage both simultaneously. The redevelopment project – which is about our future sustainability – is of the utmost importance to the museum.
This temporary halt to our enquiries service will be reviewed in December 2022 once we are through the initial stages of the project. We will not keep a record of any pending enquiries and we ask that researchers make contact again towards the end of the year once we know how we will manage the service going forward. The museum will still accept donations of objects (but please make an appointment first) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme will continue to operate as normal.