The Salisbury Museum is going potty!

YOU might well ask – why is The Salisbury Museum going potty? It is because the loos need updating and a campaign has been launched to raise £30,000 to refurbish and improve the accessibility of the men’s, women’s and disabled toilets.

The museum moved into its present home in The King’s House in the Cathedral Close, at the beginning of the 1980s. Originally built as a home for the Abbott of Sherborne in the early 13th century, the building has been through various incarnations. James I and Anne of Denmark stayed there in 1610 and 1613; and from the mid-19th century until the late 1970s it was a teacher training college where Thomas Hardy’s sisters studied.

It took time to turn the building into a museum and gallery suitable for visitors. The public toilets, which were quite adequate in 1980, are now in serious need of updating.

Museum director Adrian Green says: “Every couple of years our facilities are assessed by Visit England and the one thing that brings our score down each time is the state of our toilets. We can no longer ignore the fact that having top quality loos is as important as top quality exhibitions and an essential part of the visitor experience.”

Visitors can give in person at the museum – look out for the potty donation box – or through the museum’s website, which links to the crowdfunding campaign.

Pictured: Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express, 1878 with apologies to Frank Brooks.