Wessex Museums Partnership

Four museums working together to tell the amazing story of Dorset and Wiltshire.

It’s a story of the land and its people. From old bones and carved stone, to ancient treasure and dazzling jewels. Mighty ships to menacing weapons. Paintings, pottery and much-loved literature.

Our partner museums will be swapping ideas, sharing expertise, exchanging objects and hosting joint exhibitions. Our aim is to inspire you to explore and enjoy the fantastic art and heritage of Dorset and Wiltshire… and discover what makes Wessex so special.

  • Dorset County Museum - Explore 250 million years of the county’s history, from fascinating fossils to Roman remains, Victorian life to much-loved Wessex literature.
  • Poole Museum - Marvel at the unique collection of shipwrecks and seafaring items from Poole’s days as the maritime centre of Wessex, as well as the world’s greatest display of Poole Pottery.
  • Salisbury Museum - Discover 500,000 years of history - from the archaeology of ancient Wessex to contemporary art - all in a stunning medieval building
  • Wiltshire Museum - Be dazzled by gold from the time of Stonehenge, Britain’s best Bronze Age archaeology collection amd discover Wiltshire's story.

Our Partnership is a National Portfolio Organisation, supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Latest about the Wessex Museums Partnership

Trustee Opportunity – Wessex Museums Trust

The Wessex Museums Trust is seeking a Chair and Treasurer to join our trustee board at an exciting time in our development. We are looking for trustees who hold strong connections to the region as well as a passion for art, culture and heritage.The Wessex Museums Partnership comprises the four

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Wessex Museums: #WickedWessex Objects on Tour

#Wicked Wessex objects on tour 2018-2019 – grim and gruesome to strange and shocking! Our #WickedWessex item is now on view – with extra dressing appropriate to the season. Tread carefully as you pass through our Long Room gallery! (NB: no spiders were harmed in the creation of this exhibit)

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Museums celebrate first fruits of funding boost

Representatives from Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, joined arts enthusiasts and dignitaries recently to celebrate a major funding boost for four key museums – and the exciting projects that are now underway. Arts Council England recognised the Wessex Museums Partnership – comprising Wiltshire Museum, Poole Museum, Salisbury Museum and Dorset County Museum

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