What's On

The Museum has a busy programme of family events, courses, lectures and tours. Our temporary exhibition programme includes three major and three minor exhibitions per year, which cover subjects as diverse as history, archaeology and fine art.

Thomas Hardy

Hardy’s Wessex: The Landscapes that Inspired a Writer

May 28, 2022
to October 30, 2022
A major temporary exhibition about the life of ...
Susan Horth – work in progress for Insect Odyssey

Insect Odyssey: Insects, books and the artistic imagination

June 25, 2022
to September 25, 2022
This exhibition offers an insight into the inse...
Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

July 2, 2022
to October 1, 2022
Our popular Behind the Scenes Tours are back!
Conversation Club

Conversation Club

July 4, 2022
to December 5, 2022
The conversation club is a monthly group for pe...
Climb a Monolith

Summer Discovery Days

July 26, 2022
to August 23, 2022
Every Tuesday over the summer holidays the muse...

Kids Go Free @ The Salisbury Museum

August 1, 2022
to August 31, 2022
Throughout August kids go free* at the museum f...
Actor Tim Lowe

Acting Workshop! Discovery Day with actor Tim Lowe

August 23, 2022
10:00 am
Acting Workshop!   Ever watched a TV progr...

The Inside out of Flies – Talk by Erica McAlister

September 8, 2022
7:30 pm
Explore the finer workings of some of this plan...
Scrapstore sign

Under Fives Friday ‘Build A Museum!’ with Scrapstore

September 9, 2022
10:00 am
Build a Museum! Under Fives Friday is the secon...

Featured Collection Items

Yellow Wedding Dress
Bought in Paris, this dress was worn by Jinny Townsend on her wedding day in 1879.
Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice
Sketch of the Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice.
Smock
Smocks were designed to protect countryside workers from the weather.
The Sleeping Princess programme
An elaborate programme in the shape of a baroque cartouche.
Purple Silk Dress
The ownership of this dress is shrouded in mystery but it is likely to have been made and worn by a Russian princess.
Mother of Pearl and Lace Fan
The lace on this fan is handmade and the mother of pearl sticks are inlaid with gold.
The Next Volume: And Elsewhere
Illustration for The Next Volume by Edward James.
Millicent Fawcett’s Cape
This embroidered cape may have belonged to Millicent Fawcett, who was a woman’s suffrage campaigner.
The Epicurean
Design for the cover of an unofficial magazine at Stowe School.
Ladies Shoe
This shoe was found under the floorboard in the attic of The Old Dairy Cottage in Upper Woodford, Salisbury.
Lace Maker Doll
The doll sits behind a bobbin lace pillow which was used to hold the lace pattern in place as she worked.
The Entrance Gates to the Daye House, Wilton Park
Unsigned, but believed painted 19 May 1940. It shows Edith Olivier seated.

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December 9, 2022
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Collections
Social History

Of particular significance in the collection are the relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury.