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On Wednesday 31 January Kristina Broughton (Partnership Manager) came to Salisbury Museum to give a talk to staff and volunteers about our new NPO status -read on, and all will be revealed!

The Wessex Museums Partnership (Salisbury Museum; Poole Museums Service; Dorset County Museum; and Wiltshire Museum) will become one of the Arts Council’s regularly funded National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) from April 2018 to March 2022, and work is already underway across the partnership. The partnership has been awarded £1.278m to cover a 4-year programme of work.

There are 831 NPO’s across the country; and 103 NPO’s in the south west. NPO’s can cover music, dance, art, theatre, literature, combined arts, museums and libraries.

There are six strands to the NPO Business Plan that the Wessex Museums Partnership has just submitted and these relate to collections development; interpretation and display; programming; audience development; children and young people; and perhaps most important of all – resilience and sustainability.

Another aspect that the partnership is going to examine is its environmental performance – this will be audited across the partner venues and more sustainable working practices employed where possible.

The Wessex Museums Partnership will have its own website, and Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. In order to carry out the work outlined above a number of new staffing posts are to be created at the four partner museums.

I am sure that you will all agree that this is a very exciting time for the Wessex Museums Partnership. The programme of work outlined is hugely ambitious but will allow each partner venue to develop further and attract new audiences and stakeholders. It will inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outstanding art and heritage of the region and to understand its significance to their lives.


*This Crown Dorset Art Pottery (see photo at top of blog), on loan from the Poole Museums Service, is the latest of our ‘Spotlight Loans’ – all part of our membership of the Wessex Museums Partnership. We see (from left to right) a Bent Lip Vase 1913, small top hat pot c1910, a two handled vase 1912 and a pot pourri holder 1911.

Did you know that if you hold Salisbury Museum Membership, you have free entry to our fellow Wessex Museums Partnership museums?