SALISBURY Museum, in the historic King’s House in Salisbury Cathedral Close, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Future Generations project.
This aim of the £4.4 million scheme is to enable the museum to transform its displays and facilities – completing the work started with the lottery funded Wessex Gallery of archaeology in 2014.
The museum will create new exhibitions dedicated to its outstanding collections of art, medieval archaeology, costume, ceramics and social history. There will be an extensive programme of capital works to restore and repurpose the Grade I listed medieval building.
The project will also introduce a programme of learning and engagement to create closer connections with the community.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded initial support and development funding of £429,400 to enable the museum to develop the project plans in more detail and apply for a full grant of £3.2 million. The museum will have two years to raise £1.2 million in match funding from private individuals, trusts and foundations. An application for the full amount will be submitted in the summer of 2021.
Museum director Adrian Green says: “This is amazing news not only for the museum, but for the people of Salisbury. The city deserves an excellent museum for the local community. Its outstanding culture and heritage also needs to be presented to the wider world in an exciting and dynamic way.”
Photograph of the Salisbury Museum by Ash Mills