The Salisbury Museum

The Salisbury Museum
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A friendly museum in a Grade 1 listed building. Winner of six major awards including a Museum of the Year award and the English Tourist Board England for Excellence. The archaeology collections are Designated Collections of national importance.

Home of the Stonehenge gallery, Warminster Jewel and famous Monkton Deverill gold torc. Displays of prehistory in Early Man; Romans and Saxons; the medieval history of Old Sarum and Salisbury (with the renowned Giant and Hob Nob); the Pitt Rivers (father of modern scientific archaeology) collection; ceramics and costume; a pre-NHS surgery; pictures throughout the Museum, including Turner watercolours.

Also home to the Wessex Gallery of Archaeology.

Temporary exhibitions all through the year. Gift and coffee shops. Season tickets and membership benefits available.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
Sunday (June - September only) 12:00 to 17:00
Bank Holidays 10:00 to 17:00 (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day)

Admission charges

Adults £8.00
Children £4.00
Families £20.00

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • English Heritage

The archaeology collections at this museum are Designated Collections of national importance.

The Designated collections contain rich and varied material from major prehistoric and later excavations, including finds and archaeology from nearby Stonehenge and other villages in south Wiltshire.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Stonehenge Interactive Gallery
  • Turner watercolours
  • Victorian costume
  • Wedgewood, ceramics & glass
  • Medieval history
  • Pitt Rivers gallery
  • Social history
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

A Poetic Eye' John Craxton - A life in art from Cranborne Chase to Crete

  • 30 January — 7 May 2016 *on now

Curated by Ian Collins, this is an exhibition exploring the colourful life of artist John Craxton and his incredible emotional, physical and creative journey from Cranborne Chase to Crete.

From an early age Craxton lived with artists Cecil and Amy Waller near Farnham, a short walk from the Pitt-Rivers Museum, where he was inspired by art, archaeology and the landscape of Dorset. This exhibition shows his art as it changes from dark to light and as he moves across Europe to Crete, but the strength and importance of line in his work remains constant.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/poetic-eye-john-craxton-life-art-cranborne-chase-crete

Relationships: An exhibition by Sophie Ryder

  • 20 February — 9 July 2016 *on now

Working in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral and The Young Gallery, this is an exhibition of the drawings and workings of acclaimed sculptor Sophie Ryder. Sophie is well known for her sculptures of mythical creatures, an example of which will be on display on the front lawn. The exhibition itself will re-create Sophie’s workroom and give an insight into how her work is made.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/relationships-exhibition-sophie-ryder

Seated Scribe

A British Museum Touring Exhibition - Writing for Eternity: Decoding Ancient Egypt

  • 21 May — 3 September 2016

This exhibition, developed in partnership with Wrexham Museum tells the story of 4000 years of writing in Ancient Egypt featuring a fantastic range of hieroglyph and cursive writing on a wide range of materials. It is an interactive and family friendly exhibition designed help decode Ancient Egypt.

Writing is one of the most important inventions ever made by humans. By putting spoken language into visible, material form, people could store information and transmit it across time and space. It meant that a person’s word could be recorded and read by others, decades, or even centuries later. It was the first information technology and it was revolutionary.

It would be unthinkable even to try to sketch the history of writing without taking into consideration the wealth of written sources from ancient Egypt. No other culture has yielded such a rich variety of inscribed objects. Nowhere else have they been so well preserved. Ancient Egypt has provided us with literature, letters, songs, biographies and stories written in hieroglyphic and cursive scripts representing four millennia of language evolution. Egypt was a literate culture long before the idea of writing reached Europe. Moreover, a vast amount of written evidence from Ancient Egypt has survived in the dry conditions of North Africa, to be excavated by archaeologists and studied by Egyptologists in museums and universities. Deciphering these scripts has allowed academics to start solving the mysteries of this ancient civilization. Come and explore - you can even try your hand at writing hieroglyphs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/british-museum-touring-exhibition-writing-eternity-decoding-ancient-egypt

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Performer Greg Chapman

Storm the Museum!

  • 13 May 2016 4:30-7:30pm

Calling all wannabe Normans! This is your chance to storm Salisbury Museum. Knights and Ladies, Kings and Queens are all invited (or you can dress up in a Norman outfit from our own dressing up cupboard). Enjoy living history performances around the museum, face painting, storytelling or explore the Norman trail...

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£8 Adults, £4 Children, £20 Families
All full price museum tickets are valid for one year

Website

http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/families/museums-night-storm-museum

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Victorian Life

1-2 hour session in the museum or classroom
An engaging handling session exploring Victorian life through objects, costume and photographs. What do they tell us about the differences between life today and life in the past? What do they tell us about life in the country and life in the town? Children will use creative thinking and enquiry skills to find the answers.
£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Br Grave, it's the Saxons!

2 hour session in the museum or classroom
Pupils will become history detectives and discover what a mysterious grave can tell us about Salisbury's Saxon past. The session is an opportunity to learn about the past from things left behind through handling real Saxon grave goods, plus lively activities and costumes to try.
£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Hilforts and Catapults

2 hour session in the museum
You class will be split into two opposing sides in order to understand how the Romans took defensive Iron Age hill forts, like Old Sarum, using ingenious catapults. An opportunity to investigate forces, construct catapults, and understand the local area's Iron Age and Roman past. Links with science.

Homes Through Time

2 hour session in the museum or classroom
Explore how objects in our homes have changed over time. Using real Victorian objects, children will discover how life in the past was different to our lives today.
£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Investigating Prehistoric Pots

1 to 1.5 hour session in the museum or classroom
Discover the secrets of these mysterious pots and have a go at designing, making abd decorating your own Bronze Age Beaker pot.
£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Medieval Salisbury

2 hour session in the museum or classroom
What life was like for people living in the new medieval city of Salisbury, what were the guilds and why does Salisbury have it's own Giant? All will be revealed as pupils handle real medieval artifacts and creat their own unique coat of arms.

Mini Museums

Whole or half day sessions in the museum
Your pupils will learn some of the tranferable skills needed to become museum curators. Creative thinking, team working, historicak enquirary, presesntation and literacy skills are all developed through lively object handling and creative activities. Your pupils will have a chance to discover what happens behind the scenes of a museum, investigate mysterious artefacts and work together to create their own mini-museums in an open-ended design challenge.
£3.50 per pupil

Roman Dig

2 hour session in the museum
Discover what it is like to be an Archaeologist and find out what we can learn from the things the Romans left behind. Handle real Roman artifacts and discover how they were made and what they were used for.
£2.75 per pupil

Roman Pottery

1 hour session in the museum or classroom
Create a Roman pot from air drying clay using real pottery as inspiration and decorate it using Roamn designs and motifs.
£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school: 40p per mile

Saxon Art

1.5 to 2 hour session in the museum or classroom
Pupils will make their own stamps to decortate their Saxon inspired pots. THey will also make a colourful stings of beads and design a shiled and helmet for a Saxon warrior.
£3.50 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Slave Yourself

Musa, the wife of a notable Roman who has recently settles in Britain, needs to buy slaves for her new Villa and your pupils might be just what she's looking for. Object handling, role play and hands on activities. Make Roman Ink, Roman perfume, leather sandals and honeyed dates.

The Evacuees are coming!

2 hour session in the classroom
What was it like to share your school, home and village with evacuees during the war? Local school teacher and member of the Woman's Voluntary Service, Mrs V. Strictly, will take charge of the class as she prepares them for life on the Home Front and life with evacuees. Pupils will handly real 1940's objects, experience gas practice, school lessons 1940's style and role play.
£3.00 per pupil

The King's House

2 hour session in the museum
Meet Mrs Duncan, a Victorian SChool Teacher who lived in the KIng's HOuse a long time ago. Using old photographs and evidence left behind from the past, she will help youe class look for clues that tell us how the building has changed over time.
£2.75 per pupil

The Tudors are Coming to Town

2 hour session in the museum or classroom
It is 1535 and King Henry is visiting Salisbury with his new wife Anne Boleyn. As loyal citizens you must make sure that everything is in place to impress them. Through this hands on, costumed role play session children will discover the differences between rich and poor in Tudor Salisbury and experience what it was like to come face to face with the King.
£3.00 per pupil
Travel to and from school: 40p per mile

Toys Through Time

2 hour session in the museum or classroom
The museum has a collection of old toys but we need your help to sort them out. Which are the oldest? Who would have played with them? How would you describe them? YOu will also have a chance to play with replica toys and make your own old fashioned toys.
Cost:£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Tudor Life

1 hour session in the museum or classroom
Handle replica Tudor objects, games and costume and investigat what they tell is about life in Tudor times.

Unlocking the Stonehenge World Heritage Site

1 hour sessioin in the museum or classroom
A lively presentation designed to help pupils understand the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. They will explore the meanings behind the monuments un the landscape and how archaeology has helped us understand the mysteries surrounding them.
£2.00 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Victorian Childhood

1-2 hour sessions in the museum or classroom
What was it like for children in Victorian times? Handle real Victorian objects, clothing and toys and discover what these tell us about childhood in the past.
£2.75 per pupil
Travel to and from school:40p per mile

Who was the Amesbury Archer?

2 hour session in the museum
What can we learn about people from the things they left behind? Focusing on objects and evidence from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, pupils will bring to life the famous Amesbury Archer and use a range of skills to unlock what life was like for people living in Salisbury 4000 years ago. Pupils will handle real prehistoric objects and take part in costumed role play. Supports literacy.
£2.75 per pupil

The Salisbury Museum
The King's House
65 The Close
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2EN
England

Website

Salisbury Museum

www.salisburymuseum.org.uk

Museum Events

www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/what-s-on/all.html

Current Exhibitions

www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/exhibitions.html

Opening Hours

www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/your-visit/opening-times/

Our Galleries

www.salisburymuseum.org.uk/collections/

E-mail

General

museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk

Learning and Schools

education@salisburymuseum.org.uk

Telephone

01722 332151

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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