Some of you may have noticed that, at least for a few weeks, we have a lovely Tibetan Teapot in the corridor. This object came from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. It was given to Sir Merton Russell-Cotes by the explorer Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Younghusband, who brought it back from Tibet in the early 1900s.

This object is part of a Spotlight loan tour between the Wessex 5 Partners. The Wessex Museums Partnership is a partnership between the five leading museums across the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire: Poole Museum, Dorset County Museum, Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.

Wessex has a rich history connecting the region to countries around the world. Our links to Europe and Asia date back to prehistory. An eventful maritime history connects our ports to North America and beyond. Local collectors brought back to Wessex exotic treasures from their journeys of discovery around the world. Thus, the story of Wessex is a truly global one.

For the next twelve months these five museums will be sharing the story of Wessex in the wider world by showcasing an artefact from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums. Currently some pieces of our Wardour hoard are on display in Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.

Through this tour we want to show everyone what a wonderful collection we have and share this with visitors from one of the partner museums.

Touring dates:

1 September – 23 November 2016: Tibetan Teapot from the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

24 November 2016 – 15 February 2017: Port of Poole Empire Airways Dish from Poole Museums

16 February – 10 May 2017: Iron Leg Shackles and Chain from Dorset County Museum

11 May – 3 August 2017: Woman of Power, Bronze Age Artefacts from Wiltshire Museum

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by Joyce Paesen, Exhibitions Officer