About us

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Welcome to Wessex Museums, a dynamic partnership of museums based in Dorset and Wiltshire. Our partnership has grown over the past 10 years from an informal collaboration to being an independent charity, the Wessex Museums Trust, and an Arts Council England (ACE) funded National Portfolio Organisation. 

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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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