Museum Connect

Museum Connect is a video project we have been working on together with local artists - to bring our collection to you at home. Over summer and autumn 2020 we will be releasing a series of videos inspired by our collections. We hope they will help you get creative, wherever you are!

How to get involved:

1) Pick a video that interests you.

2) Watch the introduction to the object and see the artist creating their own work at home.

3) Watch the second half of the video as the artist shows you how to create you own art work.

4) Gather some materials, and get creative!

5) Share your creations with us across our social media platforms @WiltshireMuseum #MuseumConnect

A big thanks to local artists Rachel Heard, Jane Scott, Emma Kerr and Matthew Dean for working with us on this project and bringing their artistic skills and ideas to share with us. This project is funded by the Wessex Museums Partnership.

You can use these videos to compliment your visit to the museum now that we are open again, or use them as a standalone way to find out more about local art and history and have fun.

We can't wait to see what you create.


Artist Biographies

Mathew Dean: Adding to his repertoire Mathew has started producing pure abstract work. Producing installation works based on energy, dynamics and shape. Tamed and untamed. Visit Mathew's websites:

Rachel Heard:  Inspired by natural forms and phenomena and our human relationship with the environment, Heard’s artwork is based on an intuitive response in colour and composition. Searching for organic pattern and beauty in nature is a key aspect of her abstract paintings. Find her on Facebook and Instagram: @rachelheardart

Jane Scott: f  Jane runs inspiring pottery workshops and regular classes in my studio in Holt, Wiltshire. She also leads mobile multi media art workshops, including life drawing, for schools, museums and other organisations and groups. Visit Jane's website at Find her on Facebook and Instagram: @JaneScottCeramics

Emma Kerr: @emmakerr.trialanderror 

James Aldridge: Twitter - @jamesaldridgeart4, Facebook & Instagram - @JamesAldridgeArt


P1 1- Learn about biodiversity with Plantlife

Pt 2- Make your own biodiversity journal with artist James Aldridge

Part 1 – Mummy Mask – First the Facts

Part 2 – Mummy Mask – Create and Play

Part 1: This short film was made by Wiltshire Museum volunteer, Cameron, to give families at home the facts around the Egyptian Mummy Mask that has inspired out artist in our part 2 video.Part 2: Join Artist, Emma Kerr, as she tells us how the mummy mask inspired her to get creative. This video contains a huge range of ideas for creative play at home with the family, including tinfoil masks, milk bottle lanterns, paper pulp faces and fund with playdough and sparkles. Emma Kerr: Facebook - @emmakerr.trialanderror Instagram - @emmakerr_trialanderror

Places and Spaces – Landscape of the Megaliths

Inspired by the Paul Nash lithograph, ‘Landscape of the Megaliths’, artist Rachel Heard creates her own art work in response to the image and demonstrates how you can make your own artwork of a heritage landscape at home. Rachel is Resident artist at Pound Arts, Corsham and a collaborator with Arts Together. Facebook and Instagram - @rachelheardart

Art Out of Egypt – Hieroglyph Activity (families)

Art activity designed for families. Inspired by the Museum's Out of Egypt exhibition, artist Matthew Dean creates his own art work in response and demonstrates how you can make your own hieroglyph-inspired art at home. Matthew is a local artist, alongside filmmaker and animator. Visit Mathew's websites:

Look again at the Assize Court

Look Again at the Assize Court - in this video find out more about The Devizes Assize Court building and then look at it afresh with local Artist, Jane Scott. Jane shows us how anyone can have fun drawing, using their local surroundings as inspiration.

Copyright: Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society