Welcome to Wessex Museums

Wessex Museums is a thriving partnership of museums across Dorset and Wiltshire – Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.

Our purpose is to build the resilience and relevance of the museums in our partnership and across our region. Our mission is to support museums to connect, inspire and add value to people’s lives.

Through our website, we aim to share our learning, resources and inspiration across the wider museums and arts sector.

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Wessex Museums Conference, 2022

Hold the date – 20 September, 2022 We’re putting together the programme for our conference, Museums Matter: being more relevant, inclusive and sustainable. It is being held at Dorset Museum

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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