Deposition Guidelines

These documents lay out the criteria which must be met in order for Wiltshire Museum to accept an archaeological archive for long term storage.  They should be read in conjunction with our Collections Development Policy. By accepting an archive for deposition, Wiltshire Museum is committing to the long-term care of that archive in line with current best practice recommendations.

Storage fees charged to commercial organisations depositing archives with us contribute to, but do not completely cover the costs of, the long-term physical storage of the archive, and staff time in documenting, promoting, and providing access to the archive over its lifetime. In this context access includes (but is not limited to) display, researcher access, outreach, education, loan and online promotion.

We have recently purchased a building as an archaeology store, with the support of Wiltshire Council, an anonymous donation and legacies from Mick Aston, E.G. Look and R.G. Hughes. We will shortly be commissioning the building and plan to be accepting archives from mid-2021.

These Wiltshre Museum Guidelines have been informed by the recommendations of the Seeing the Light of Day project.


  • Lisa Brown

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