Kings House, Salisbury Museum. Source Wikimedia Commons
The new Wessex Gallery at the Salisbury Museum opens its doors on Saturday, 12 July. Anthropologist and TV presenter Dr Alice Roberts will open the Museum’s new world-class Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at its Grand Opening in The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire at 10am. The new £2.4 million Wessex Gallery, will house one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts including the Amesbury Archer and the Wardour Hoard. “To mark the event the Museum will be hosting an admission-free day of action-packed celebrations, special events, exciting living history displays and demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts. There will also be other celebrity guests including Channel 4 Time Team presenter and field archaeologist Phil Harding, who will be demonstrating flint knapping…”
The new gallery replaces the old Stonehenge, Pitt-Rivers and Early Man galleries and was funded with a grant of nearly £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Wessex Gallery Grand Opening is on Saturday, 12 July from 10am to 4pm at Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN. For further visitor information ring 01722 332151 or visit: http://www.salisburymuseum.org.uk
Admission is free on the opening day.