Wicked Wessex!

Objects on Tour programme, 2018-2019

Our four partner museums delved into their collections and found  objects that tell stories of the region’s ‘wicked’ past – from grim and gruesome to strange and shocking!

Objects on Tour 

Each year, our four partner museums swap objects to tell stories of the region’s past.  The objects are chosen to fit a theme, which for 2018-2019 was Wicked Wessex. The objects were displayed at each museum in turn, rotating every three months.  Each museum also offered talks and children’s activities based on the theme.

This might look like an innocent jug, but beer and wine weren’t the only liquids that 'witch bottles' carried!
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Life was hard for sailors in the 1700s and 1800s. They faced harsh punishments, including being flogged with the dreaded cat-o’-nine-tails.
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The maquette is a miniature version of the haunting martyrs’ memorial that still stands where Dorchester's town gallows were located.
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This sinister contraption was used to punish people who were suspected of witchcraft.
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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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