Salisbury museum houses one of the finest collections of local archaeology and artefacts relating to Stonehenge.  Based in The Kings House in Cathedral Close, Sailsbury, the Grade I Listed building dates back to the thirteenth century and acquired its name following visits by King James I of England in 1610 and 1613, eventually becoming home to the museum in 1981.

The not-for-profit organisation was recently awarded a £3.6m National Lottery Heritage fund grant which together with local donations will be used for the ‘Past Forward – Salisbury Museum for Future Generations’ project which will deliver new permanent galleries, a flexible learning and events venue, along with new activities and staff to run them.

MEA are delighted to have been selected as Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers on this exciting project at the museum.  The first phase of work has commenced and comprises extensive repairs to the external fabric of this historic building as well as internal refurbishment.  Phase 2 will commence in Autumn 2023 and will include gallery preparation and fit out.  All of this will be going on whilst the museum remains partially open to the public.

The finished galleries will provide Sailsbury Museum with an opportunity to showcase its impressive collection of artifacts, attract new visitors and increase engagement with the local community.

Adrian Green, Director of Salisbury Museum said: “This is incredible news from the National Lottery Heritage Fund – not just for the museum, but for Salisbury. Culture and heritage have a significant role to play in rebuilding the strength, confidence, vibrancy, and profile of the city after the twin shocks of Novichok and COVID-19.

“By 2024 we will not only have an outstanding museum that will appeal to Salisbury’s visitors, but we will be working in new ways with the local community to ensure we truly reflect the wide-ranging history of our city”.

Stay posted for updates.

Image Credit: Sailsbury Museum