Bronze Age Daggers: Symbols of Power

Bronze Age Daggers: Symbols of Power Gold decorated daggers, like the one from Bush Barrow found close to Stonehenge, were a symbol of power throughout Bronze Age Europe and beyond.  The finds from Bush Barrow, Britain’s richest Bronze Age burial, are currently featured in the ‘World of Stonehenge’ exhibition at

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The Aldbourne Cup

The Aldbourne Cup The exquisitely made Aldbourne Cup, complete with its lid, is beautifully decorated inside and out with V-shapes, diamonds and triangular patterns. This decoration was made using a sharp object, a bone pin or bronze awl, which was repeatedly pushed into the soft clay. Similar cups have been

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Seend Iron Works – research by volunteer Anna

Volunteer Anna has been undertaking research into the Seend Iron Works and links to our collections...   The Seend Iron Works began when J.E. Holloway gained mining rights on a small area of land in Seend, located just below the Bell Inn. J.E. Holloway was the first person to extract

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Queen Victoria’s Birthday

To celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria,  our volunteer, Amy, has been researching objects in our collection linked to the monarch... Medal - Accession number: DZSWS:1955.205   A medal brought to Wiltshire from Liverpool... Queen Victoria, having travelled from Windsor, arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday 11th May 1886, to open

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All Cannings Cross – Tuesday Takeover

In celebration of Local and Community History month, our volunteers are taking over our social media each Tuesday - talking about aspects of Wiltshire's amazing history. Today, it is over the volunteer Tabby for an archaeology debrief of All Cannings Cross! "Today, for our takeover day we’re going to pick

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Local and Community History Month

This month is Local and Community History month. To celebrate the rich history of Wiltshire, our volunteer, Bethany, has put together a piece on a few of her favourite historical sites across the county... DZSWS:1983.864 - Lithograph, Plan of Devizes Castle for Sale by Auction by Mr Geo. Robins, Aug

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Museum Pets

In celebration of Pet Day, our volunteer, Tabby, has searched through our collection to find a variety of  links to our furry friends! From beautiful Roman mosaics, to terrifying fish-shaped water spouts...   DZSWS:1985.221 Roman Mosaic A large mosaic fragment with geometric border and showing a dog running past a

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Easter in the collections

What egg-cellent Easter-themed objects are hidden in our collection? Box for chocolate sent by Queen Victoria to soldiers in the Boer War, 1900 No 120 year chocolate inside, thankfully! In order to boost morale during the Boer War, Queen Victoria commissioned the country’s three major chocolate manufacturers (J S Fry

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Spring/Easter Crafts!

Happy Easter! Why not get creative this week with our quick and easy craft ideas. Remember to send us pictures of your creations on social media - @wiltshiremuseum Spring Animal Puppets Great for decorating your home for Easter or as part of an egg hunt in your garden! Dowload instructions:

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Wealth of Knowledge – project update

It is now a year since we began our Wealth of Knowledge project, funded by the Arts Council Designation Development Fund. The project aims to:- Enhance the collections with new knowledge and understanding of over 10 years research on the collections. Make this new information public by publishing the enhanced

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