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.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

July 2, 2022
to July 6, 2024
Our popular Behind the Scenes Tours are back!
Malacombe Bottom Howard Phipps

The Art of Wessex

November 11, 2023
to January 28, 2024
In the build up to the opening of the new museu...

Conversation Club

December 4, 2023
10:30 am
The conversation club is a monthly group for pe...
Emma Kerr Under Fives Christmas workshop

Under Fives Friday: Christmas Special with Emma Kerr

December 8, 2023
10:00 am
Join us for an Under 5’s Christmas special! We ...

Christmas 2023: Big Brick Build Day

December 9, 2023
10:00 am
Come along and help us make a giant brick pictu...

Past Forward Revealed! Salisbury Museum Members’ Event

December 21, 2023
6:30 pm
Be the first to see the £5.1 million changes at...
Image of Salisbury museum

AGM Salisbury Museum Members’ Event

December 21, 2023
6:00 pm
Join us on Thursday 21st December for our Annua...
Bishop Rogers tomb

The spectacular ambitions of Roger, Bishop of Salisbury – A Talk by Tony McAleavy

January 18, 2024
7:30 pm
One of the most extraordinary characters associ...
Repurposed bodice front detail

Fashioning Our World: Unpicking the Past to Thread Together Our Future

February 10, 2024
to May 12, 2024
This exhibition will tell the stories of clothe...

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.
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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Social History

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