In Pictures: The new £2.4 million Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum

By Culture24 Reporter | 30 July 2014

Take a look inside the new gallery at Salisbury Museum, which opened earlier this month with an open day for 2,000 visitors

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The gneiss mace-head, found by Colonel William Hawley in 1924, and a bronze-age axe and dagger, matching the carvings on stone 53 discovered by Professor Richard Atkinson at Stonehenge in July 1953, are among the highlights of the new space, which integrates and replaces the former galleries containing the Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Collection and the Early Man Gallery.

“Over the past year, our dedicated team of staff, volunteers, contractors and suppliers has worked incredibly hard to transform the Wessex Gallery from a concept on paper into a reality," said Adrian Green, the museum's Director, calling the gallery "memorable", "compelling" and "a fascinating journey of discovery".

"They have done an amazing job and I hope visitors will be impressed with what they see.
“This is a fantastic new visitor attraction in Salisbury, with some amazing archaeological finds, which really brings the story of Stonehenge and ancient Britain to life in a highly visual, imaginative and exciting way.

"It houses one of best collections of the Stonehenge era in the world with some incredibly rare and exciting artefacts which have never been on public display."

  • Open 10am-5pm (12pm-5pm Sunday, closed December 25-26 and January 1). Admission £8/£4 (free for under-5s, family ticket £20). Follow the museum on Twitter @SalisburyMuseum.

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