Interview Still Available from Blog…


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See yesterday’s posting about Sue Allenby’s interview…..

We have had this review from Linda Salter…

“The Salisbury 2020 Sue Allenby interview by John Elliott on her novel ‘Elias’ was a masterclass in how to deliver perfection in each of their roles. Superb! Fascinatingly gripping and now a definite ‘must buy and read.’ What enthusiasm and capacity! Thank you so much to all involved. It has totally thrown my morning – and therefore my day – out of kilter but I couldn’t be more delighted!”

And see more from Salisbury Museum by clicking here.

Salisbury Big Weekend: Brilliant Talk by Tom Holland

Watched earlier this afternoon (originally broadcast last evening) – brilliant talk by Tom Holland on the history of Salisbury, from all angles, as part of the Big Weekend. Get there by clicking on the link in yesterday’s blog and watch the ‘catch up’. We also have Phil Harding coming up. You will find him from the same link.

Please let us know what you have been watching.

Salisbury Big Weekend Starts 29 May


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In 1220 the people of Salisbury came together to build a new cathedral.
In 2020 we find ourselves in unprecedented times where, at the moment,
we cannot be together.


…have a look at the stunning programme of events running over the next three days.

There is music, keep fit and yoga, reflection. There are talks. There is a virtual walk (not the same as a real one, but you can always try it for real when the situation allows). There are family games and activities, and even football! There is art. There are peregrines.

History? Sit in on a conversation with Phil Harding on Saturday evening at 7pm. There is a talk on Charles I (all the way from the Chalke Valley History Festival), Saturday at 5pm, and a talk by Frogg Moody afterwards , at 6pm.

There is one on the city of Salisbury through history, by Tom Holland, tonight, at 7pm

Most of the events can be seen on ‘catch up’, so if you have missed some today, or want to watch again, or can’t make some of the advertised times, worry not…..

Maybe best of all, look for Salisbury Museum Volunteer Sue Allenby, giving a talk entitled ‘Elias: a story of the Founding of Salisbury’ at 3pm on Sunday…


The Salisbury Museum presents the Salisbury Hundreds, exploring eight centuries of the Cathedral and the City through Instagram posts @salisburymuseum The series starts on Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday.

MORE MYSTERIES from Volunteer Alan Clarke


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A wonderful photograph from the museum archives of the skyline of the centre of Salisbury, some years ago. Look carefully. There are clues…

Our question: What is the building in the centre of the photograph? It has been gutted by fire.

Meanwhile, Alan’s earlier photograph…

Stuart Hollburn-Thorburn spotted this location very quickly. It is the Bournemouth East Cliff railway or funicular. Here it is, below, in its heyday:

The railway, one of three of its type along the coast at Bournemouth, was opened in 1908. This is likely the date of the photo, from the museum archives, at the top of this story.

But sadly, today, it is not in operation.

In foul weather in 2016 the cliff collapsed. The council have struggled to find the means to re-open the railway and I am told it is a sad sight now, boarded up, the metal parts rusting badly.

Thank you Alan Clarke, for getting us talking…

GLOVES WITH A HIDDEN STORY by Volunteer Pompi Parry


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17th century gauntlet gloves in the museum collection

This mystery comes from the Look Again Project and the redisplaying of the costume gallery.

One of the items I handled when helping with the decant of the display cases was a pair of mid 17thC gauntlet gloves. Made from cream leather the gauntlets are decorated with silver metal fringe and embroidery. The edges of the fingers are also accentuated with a line of silver chain stitch.

Close up of stitching

I’d been admiring these gloves through the glass of the case for many years so to handle them was a real treat. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I inspected the insides to find the gauntlets lined with a document.

Beautiful clear Latin script on fine (I presume) parchment. Sadly, I don’t read Latin. My mind raced – was this subversive religious text or just 17thC up-cycling? I still don’t know, so if anyone is able to translate the text for me, I’d be very grateful, and I can provide more photos to help.

Does anyone know of other gloves lined with a document?

Pompi Parry

Does anyone wonder why we Volunteers love our work?? What a story! If you can read the Latin, please help. Thank you Pompi for bringing this one to our attention.

MARYFEST, a collection of Mary Crane’s quizzes!


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The Roman baths at Bath

What do we know about Bath?

  1. Which Celtic Goddess was worshipped at Bath?
  2. What was the name of the local tribe who were settled in the region when the Romans arrived?
  3. Which Roman goddess was thought to have much in common with the local goddess?
  4. What was carved above the grand entrance to the temple?
  5. What did the Romans throw into the waters?

If you need help, the answers are here somewhere….

Dobunni; Durotriges; Minerva; curse tablets; prayer tablets; Sulis; a Gorgon’s Head; Brigid; a Goddesses Head; Salacia.

A riddle… isn’t far away!

My first is in ‘arrow’ but never in ‘bow’.

My second is in ‘grove’ but never in ‘grow’.

My third is most common, in ‘eon’ and ‘age’.

My fourth is in ‘gable’ but never in ‘guage’.

My fifth is in ‘cursus’ and ‘bury’ and ‘clump’.

My sixth is in ‘rostrum’ but never in ‘stump’.

My seventh ends ‘easy’, and now you must know

The name of this site that you all know so well…..

Who is the fossil hunter?

  1. Who was the famous Lyme Regis fossil hunter?
  2. In which century was she collecting fossils?
  3. Which children’s tongue twister was written about her?
  4. She discovered the first ever fossil of a plesiosaurus. True or false?
Plesiosaurus (wikipedia)

5. Which society made her an honorary member?

Answers, answers, answers…..

Anagram, ‘British Tribes’:

BEE LAG (BELGAE – Hampshire, parts of Wiltshire)


I ORDER TUGS (DUROTRIGES – Dorset, centred on Dorchester)

SI RULES (SILURESparts of Wales)

IN ICE (ICENI – Boudiccas tribe, East Anglia)


Who said what?

  1. He speaks to me as if I were at a public meeting – Queen Victoria, of Gladstone
  2. The die is cast – Julius Caesar, crossing the Rubicon
  3. Remember that time is money – Benjamin Franklin
  4. I am the Martyr of the people – Charles I
  5. …you cannot fool all of the people all of the time – Abraham Lincoln

Thank you Mary!