Our funding

Wessex Museums Trust

The Wessex Museums Trust is a charity that exists to build the resilience and relevance of museums in Dorset and Wiltshire by helping them share the story of our counties through their outstanding cultural heritage in ways that inspire, connect and add value to peoples’ lives.

Download the Wessex Museums Trust Constitution.

A National Portfolio Organisation (NPO)

We are delighted to receive funding as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations for 2018-2023.  

Arts Council England’s vision is that by 2030, England is a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish, and where every one of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. You can download their strategy here – Let’s Create (2020-2030)

National Lottery Heritage Fund 

In February 2020, Wessex Museums was awarded a grant of over £83,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This funding is for our Bridging the Gap project, which includes a range of pioneering initiatives to engage children and young people with our museums.  

Find out more here

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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