Community challenge – it’s all go for Amy!

Meet Amy Hammett, our Community Curator for Wiltshire. After three months in the job, here’s what she has to say about her role and varied community projects:

“I am the Community Curator at both Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum and it is my job to reach out to the community and engage underrepresented audiences with the museums. I have worked with museums for over 10 years in different capacities with a strong leaning towards learning and engagement, but this is the first time I have had the opportunity to focus purely on community work.

My current Wessex Museums project is based on the climate emergency and I am working with a girl guides group in Devizes and a community youth group in Salisbury to help them to express their views and capture their thoughts on climate change.

Alongside this I am working with other young people, and older people, on oral history project, improving a reminiscence and dementia friendly offer and exploring ways to connect to Wiltshire’s largely rural population. I am also doing some exciting work around accessibility and exploring how the museums can work on their communication and engagement with people who have learning disabilities.

I have learnt a lot in my first three months on the job, and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead!”

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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