Wiltshire Museum would like to thank the people who support us and the trusts and foundations that fund a diverse range of projects, from exhibitions, community engagement and education to vital conservation and documentation work.


Eric Walrond: A Caribbean writer in Wartime Wiltshire
Exciting exhibition (opened in November 2023) and learning activities about a pioneering black author, living in 1940s Bradford On Avon and a patient at Roundway Hospital, Devizes.
Made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Players.

Purchase of a signed First Edition of Tropic Death by Eric Walrond. Supported by the Friends of National Libraries.

Lest We Forget: Black People’s Contribution to the World Wars in Wiltshire
A ground-breaking exhibition that opened in November 2023.
Funded by AIM (Association of Independent Museums) - New Stories New Audiences fund.

Assizes for Devizes: Unlocking Wiltshire's StoriesAssizes for Devizes project logo
A £300,000 Development Award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards this ambitious project to revitalise the derelict Devizes Assize Court into a vibrant community hub and iconic new home for Wiltshire Museum and its world class collection. Find out more here.

Conservation of the Wilcot Hoard of Roman bronze vessels
Supported by a Crowdfunder run on our website.


Conservation of a painting of Stonehenge, with shepherds in foreground, generously sponsored in memory of Andy Knight, 1961-2022.

Graffiti Art  - A creative partnership project with the Wiltshire Youth Offending Team
Funded by Wiltshire Community Foundation


Special Exhibition Gallery - controlling the environment - installation of a carbon reducing boiler and insulation
Wiltshire Council: Devizes Area Board

Voices from the Devizes Assize Court
An oral history project capturing recent memories of the Assize Court. The stories collected through he project were are featured in a booklet, travelling information panels and this page on our website https://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/voices-from-the-assize-court/ .
Funded by Arts Council England

New archival quality display cases
Jointly funded by the Samuel William Farmer Trust and legacies from WANHS members - Dr Lorna Haycock and Dr Pamela Gough

Conservation of Cunnington Letters - a second portfolio of letters to pioneer archaeologist, William Cunnington
National Manuscripts Conservation Trust


Member Appeal and Crowdfunder - Supporting Curiosity and Creativity

See the Appeal page for more details. This was highlighted by the Museums Association as a Case Study.

Purchase of Viking Gold rings from Beckhampton (DZSWS: 2021.1)

Anonymous donation


Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine
The Marc Fitch Fund

Eric Ravilious: Downland Man
Our first art exhibition to include loans from National Museums and Galleries. Includes three community projects, held in 2021.

Arts Council England
The Mercers’ Company
The Walter Guinness Charitable Trust
Heritage Fund
The Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund
The Verdon-Smith Family Charitable Trust
Golsoncott Foundation
Wansbrough Solicitors Partners
Gaiger Brothers

A Wealth of Knowledge: unlocking a decade of archaeological research
Updating our documentation with the results of academic research and publicising the findings.
Arts Council England Designation Development Fund

Conservation of a portfolio of letters to pioneer archaeologist, William Cunnington.
Association of Independent Museums Pilgrim Trust Collections and Conservation Grants
Members of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society


Votes for Women!
Government Equalities Office: Votes Centenary Project

World War One Centenary – Devizes Town Commemoration
Wiltshire Council - Devizes Area Board
Heritage Lottery Fund
Devizes Town Council
Arts Council England

General Donation to core costs
Jock French Trust, The Girdlers’ Company

Secret lives of Snakes Exhibition (and project with Wiltshire Young Carers)
The McCorquodale Charitable Trust
The Jack Lane Charitable Trust


Creating a high specification temporary display gallery: ‘The Oexmann Gallery’.
The ‘Ready to Borrow Scheme’, South West Museums Development Fund, supported by Arts Council England.
Legacy from Richard Oexmann


General Donation
W H Smith's

Publication of Roman Civitas to Anglo Saxon Shire, by Bruce Eagles
Robert Kiln Charitable Trust


Creating a new gallery focusing on Wiltshire’s natural environment
Ernest Cook Trust
Legacy from Sylvia Cook

Developing and installing our fabulous Saxon Gallery
Arts Council England Designation Development Fund

Purchase: Anglo-Saxon gold shilling (DZSWS:2015.30)
V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Art Fund

Purchase: Viking gold ring (DZSWS:2015.14)
V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Headley Trust
WANHS Member appeal


Beauties of Wiltshire - improving storage of our art, library and archive collections
Arts Council England Designation Challenge Fund

Purchase: Stanton St Quinton Civil War Hoard
V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Headley Trust

Purchase: medieval gold finger ring from Malmesbury (DZSWS:2013.40)
V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Headley Trust


Prehistoric Wiltshire gallery, showcasing our internationally important Bronze Age collections
English Heritage
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The Samuel William Farmer’s Charitable Trust
Wiltshire Council Devizes Area Board
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Conserving the Sir Richard Colt Hoare Archive
National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Updating Essential Environmental Monitoring
Wiltshire Council - Small Grants Fund


Purchase: Anglo-Saxon pommel cap (DZSWS:2011.61)
V&A Purchase Grant Fund
Headley Trust
Beecroft Bequest


Purchase: WW2 German Soldier’s diary (DZSWS:2010.2)
V&A Purchase Grant Fund
WANHS  Member's appeal.

How legacies and donations are supporting the Museum.

Four Roman bronze vessels, nested inside each other

Wilcot Hoard of Roman vessels

We have just acquired an important hoard of four bronze vessels, probably buried at the end of Roman Britain, 1,600 years ago. They vessels were

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Photo of Dr Lorna Haycock

Dr Lorna Haycock 1929 – 2019

Lorna was well-known and respected for her knowledge of the history of the County and completed her doctorate on the history of Devizes in 2001.

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Glass-topped display case containing research papers of Dr Pamela Gough.

Dr Pamela Gough (1924 – 2019)

Dr Pamela Marjorie Gough passed away on 17 December 2019, aged 95. Her Wiltshire research papers including her thesis, notes, maps and books on Wiltshire

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Oil painting showing a sunset with a shepherd's hut in the foreground and Stonehenge on the horizon.

Shepherds’ hut with Stonehenge on the horizon

19th century oil on board, depicting Stonehenge, with shepherds in foreground. Artist unknown. While being cleaned, it was discovered that the image of Stonehenge is a

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Our 2020 Appeal

In Kind Support

We also receive in kind support from a range of local, national and international companies. These include:-

  • T H White - security systems
  • Microsoft - Office 365 software licences and reduced cost server software
  • Hotjar - website analytics
  • Canva - image software


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