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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Museums Matter

Museums Matter: Being more relevant, inclusive and sustainable. Conference hosted by Wessex Museums. Date: 20 September 2022. Venue: Dorset Museum, Dorchester. Now open for bookings! Wessex Museums is hosting its

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New podcast episode out now!

We are pleased to announce the next episode of our podcast series Interrogating Hardy is now available. This episode focuses on Hardy and fashion and will examine his relationship with

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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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