Wessex in 100 Objects

Telling the story of Wessex through our partners' collections

Wessex in 100 Objects will showcase the rich history of the Wessex region through a co-curated collection of 100+ artefacts. Our partner museums will work collaboratively with their local communities to select objects that authentically represent Wessex. Visitors will be able to explore this collection through a series of new digital exhibitions, as well as complementary physical pop-up displays in the partner museums.

The project aims to aid a deeper understanding of the region through the objects in our partner museums’ collections. By actively engaging Wessex communities in the object selection process we hope that the final collection reflects and celebrates those people, places, and time periods that have been most influential in shaping the Wessex region and are most relevant to Wessex people today.

Wessex Virtual Collection launch.

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New collection items displayed on the Collections Showcase.
The first Wessex in 100 digital exhibition.

This project will address Wessex Museums' strategic aims to:

  • Use our collections to better tell the stories of the Wessex region.

  • Create and broadcast digital programming that helps us to diversify our audiences and encourage museum visits.

Project updates

Looking at collections at Wiltshire Museum, Virtual collection

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Virtual Collection Search the database featuring over 250,000 collection items from Wessex Museums’ partners. The database centralises records from Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum, and

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Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express, The Salisbury Museum.

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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