TEL: 01305 262735

Monday 26th March 2018 until Sunday 22nd July 2018

Venue: Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Made in Wessex

Discover the story of a region that has been a centre of making for thousands of years...

For the next twelve months four leading museums of the Wessex Museums Partnership Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum will be sharing the story of Wessex in the wider world by showcasing an artefact from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums.

A cradle of prehistoric society in England and today renowned for its arts and crafts, Wessex has been a centre of making for thousands of years. The downland, heathland, rivers and coast of Wessex have shaped the making and use of artefacts, from ancient flints to contemporary ceramics. This second series of Spotlight Loans between the four leading museums that tell the stories of Dorset and Wiltshire focus on this tradition of making and reveals some surprising and fascinating objects to illustrate the theme.

Old Sarum Cathedral Stonework

The Dorset County Museum is pleased to announce from the to 26 March – 22 July 2018, we will be showcasing a plate from Salisbury Museum.

What you see here is a stone carving from Old Sarum cathedral showing two lions fighting an eagle. This piece was excavated near the south transept of the Old Sarum cathedral.

Old Sarum was originally an Iron Age hill fort, grew to prominence as a town with castle and cathedral after William the Conqueror accepted the oath of allegiance there from the country’s landowners in 1086. Old Sarum castle was part of the first wave of royal castles built to establish Norman rule after 1066.

The plate was made in the 1970s by the ceramic artist and calligrapher Mary White, in her studio in Malmesbury. It was donated to Wiltshire Museum by Marjorie Couzens, who composed the legend.

Four Wessex Museums are working in partnership to inspire and engage people with the amazing story of our region in new and exciting ways through its outstanding art and heritage.

While you are here in Wessex…why not visit one of our partner museums? 


For further information contact the Museum on 01305 756827 or Contact Us

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