Jill Harding, writing in the Salisbury Journal yesterday, reports that –

PLANS to extend the opening hours of Amesbury’s new museum and visitor centre are moving ahead.

Each Wednesday the newly founded Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust has been opening the doors of Melor Hall and presenting a showcase on the hidden heritage of Amesbury. The trust now wants to open the museum for longer and more often and is looking to encourage people visiting Stonehenge to also come to Amesbury.

“We have just over a year to be prepared for a new visitor centre at Stonehenge,” said the town’s former mayor and trust founder Andy Rhind-Tutt. “This will be a big step forward for Amesbury and one that we need to be ready for.

The trust is working on a museum website and wants to extend the displays to create a larger, more permanent exhibition. Amesbury Town Council bought Melor Hall for £285,000 last year and opened it to the public at Easter. Although it has opened in the existing building, the council hopes to get funding from developer Bloor Homes to pay for a purpose built visitor centre on the site.

The exhibition is currently open from 11am to 3pm on Wednesdays. Refreshments are available and, weather permitting, there are craft exhibitions outside.

More here.