Welcome to Wessex Museums

Wessex Museums is a charity that exists to build the resilience of our partner museums and make them relevant to diverse audiences.

Wessex Museums is a thriving partnership of museums across Dorset and Wiltshire – Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum. We believe that working together provides opportunities to:

  • Strengthen the cultural offer of our museums and our region.
  • Push us out of our comfort zones to do things in new ways.
  • Share important stories from across our region from a range of perspectives.
  • Share and learn from successes and mistakes, build relationships and enhance our reputation with partners and stakeholders.
  • Increase our organisational resilience.

This website aims to share our learning, resources and inspiration across the wider museums and arts sector.

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Wild Life in the Red

What do you think about our exhibition?

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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