We look forward to more in this series of fascinating tours behind the scenes.
Meanwhile, please remember there are other You Tube presentations about the museum collections. Just use your search engine (eg Google) and type in Salisbury Museum You Tube. Click here for another example.
…the new – online – exhibition at The Salisbury Museum.
Access it here, or from the front page of the museum website.
Bridget Telfer, whom we all know as Volunteer Co-ordinator, but who also, as a result of NLHF funding, is now tasked with the new Salisbury exhibitions at the museum, has adapted longer term plans to the current circumstances.
A gorgeous collection of items from the Salisbury archives has been photographed, and presented with brief notes, for our interest and pleasure.
We are also invited to get involved. Welcome to the new exhibition…
In his recent talk to Volunteers about prospects for the museum after our successful NHLF bid, the Director began by referencing his arrival in 2007. It was a time when there was a need, and desire, for change. And it was important to rejuvenate the heart of the museum – the King’s House.
A Masterplan was prepared. A priority was to update the prehistory displays as Stonehenge would have its own new visitors’ gallery after 2013. In July 2014 the Wessex Gallery opened and Part One was complete.
The Salisbury Galleries, meanwhile, date to the 1980s, and also need re-designing.
Conserving the Grade Two listed buildings is vital and potentially expensive. Tiles fall off, leaks and damp are occasionally serious, as a ceiling collapse a few months ago reminded everyone.
Meanwhile, the museum continues to take in new material, including large items such as the Scout car.
A big plus is the recently acquired Hurricane Store’ at Old Sarum but there are still problems, generally, with storage.
The museum needs 45 000 visitors a year to be stable financially. At the moment the annual figure is 30 000. Commercial opportunities are being developed, eg the use of the King’s Room (which also needs updating), but, for example, a lift is needed to make it more accessible.
With NHLF funding, and other monies, the Salisbury Gallery will be re-developed during 2020 – 2022. It may involve revamping rooms and buildings, and Wiltshire Council and Heritage England are supportive of changes to the ground floor but there is much to consider.
Adrian stressed that we have a ‘Round One’ pass only from NHLF at the moment and certain criteria must be met before we gain ‘Round Two’ funding.
And, of course, we need to raise match funding to go with the Lottery grant. Fundraisers have been appointed and staff to fill new posts will follow. Conservation Architects will be needed, designers for interiors, business planners, Quantity Surveyors, etc, etc. In addition a Membership drive is planned.
Onward and upward..but a lot of hard work yet to do!
Adrian Green, Director, will be giving a talk ‘Salisbury Museum for Future Generations: Heritage Fund Success’ on Thursday 17 October and Tuesday 22 October at 10.30am, and there will be coffee and cake too!
The future of the museum is important to us all and the exciting plans to develop the museum after our successful bid to NLHF will affect all Volunteers. This will be an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas as well as hear plans.