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Emily True studies at Sarum Academy and recently completed her work experience at the museum.

I find Salisbury Museum interesting because of the vast and varied array of items in storage and on display.

One of my favourite objects is the Figheldean jade axe (above), on display in the Wessex Gallery. The axe head was made around 4000-3700 BC and made from eclogite from near Mount Visco in the Italian Alps. It is highly polished and has remained in almost perfect condition to this day. The axe would have represented power and probably hardly ever used.

Another one of my favourite displays is that of the Swallowcliffe Princess It is a re-creation of the burial of a young woman of 18-25 years at her time of death. She is called the ‘princess’ because she was presumably important to those around her or of high status, shown through the objects that she was buried with. She was laid on her wooden bed and surrounded by items such as two glass palm cups (one of which is still perfectly intact and in good condition) and a decorative mount with repousse decoration from a satchel.  The thing that interests me most about this is that no one will ever know exactly how she died or how she lived her life and all there is to do is speculate, based on her burial.


Every artefact has a story, is rich with history and has the answers to many questions.