Contemporary Collecting Policy

Contemporary collecting is the collecting of objects and stories that reflect the recent past and what is happening today.

Wessex Museums has developed a five-year Contemporary Collecting Policy as part of its shared Interpretation Strategy, and to align to the partner museums’ Collections Development Policies.

The aim of the policy is to work with local audiences to co-curate projects and create new content for future displays, as well as strengthen collections where there are gaps.

(Photo by Maddie Curran, as part of The Salisbury Museum’s contemporary collecting project involving young people sharing their memories of the Lockdown.)

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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