SALISBURY Museum has joined the increasingly varied online arts scene with Pick & Mix – @pickandmixtsm – an Instagram exhibition exploring the last 800 years of Salisbury’s history through fascinating objects and with a range of community voices.
This first online exhibition for the museum and gallery in Salisbury Cathedral Close begins on 23rd April. It starts with selected items from Salisbury Museum’s own collections, but will go on to include those submitted by the public. It is hoped that each of the objects will help tell a unique part of the city’s story and of the people who have lived in Salisbury down the years.
It is the first step towards redisplaying the museum’s History of Salisbury gallery and forms part of the Salisbury Museum for Future Generations Project, which is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the wider community. The aim is to find out which objects or themes the people of Salisbury would most like to see on display in the new gallery. Audiences can visit the exhibition through Instagram at @pickandmixtsm where they can ‘like’ their favourite objects and add comments about what the objects mean to them.
The objects range from the most humble – keys lost in Salisbury’s medieval drainage channels – to the great and spectacular such as the 15th century Salisbury Giant, who led many a parade around the streets of the city at times of national celebration.
A beautiful item that will also be featured was found in the Avon at Salisbury in 1987. It is a pilgrim badge depicting “Our Lady of Tombelaine” and dating from the 15th century. Tombelaine is a small island off the coast of Normandy where there was a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
This badge (pictured) was collected by a pilgrim who visited the chapel. Was it lost by its owner or perhaps discarded into the river when it was no longer important? Or some other reason altogether…?