Wiltshire Museum

Set in the historic market town of Devizes, Wiltshire Museum is housed in Georgian and Victorian buildings – all Grade II listed. It has been located there since 1874.

The museum contains the largest collection of Early Bronze Age gold ever put on public display in England. Award-winning displays transform public understanding of the era and feature 500 Stonehenge period objects, including 30 pieces of gold treasure, together with archaeology, art, natural history and local history.


Telephone: 01380 727369 

Email: hello@wiltshiremuseum.org.uk

Address: Wiltshire Museum, 41 Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS

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Old-fashioned telephone with headphones and a mouthpiece.

Alfred Cunnington’s telephone

Alfred Cunnington’s telephone The first work-to-home telephone in Britain, 1877. From: Wiltshire Museum Inspired by Bell Alfred Cunnington’s telephone connected his wine merchant business at the Old Town Hall in

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Lots of amber beads laid out in the shape of the necklace they were once part of.

Amber necklace

Amber necklace Stunning necklace found in the grave of a woman buried around 4,000 years ago. From: Wiltshire Museum The lady with the amber necklace The necklace was found with

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The Bush Barrow lozenge against a black backdrop with size marker underneath.

Bush Barrow lozenge

Bush Barrow lozenge Intricate ancient gold craftsmanship From: Wiltshire Museum The lozenge is the finest example of Bronze Age gold craftsmanship ever found. Made from sheet gold, only one millimetre

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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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