Posted by: travelrat | March 6, 2013

Amesbury Museum Update


I wrote my Wednesday blog post last night, but, on reviewing it in the cold light of day, decided it was too ranty and Victor Meldrew-ish, so decided not to use it.

I had to go into town, though, and, if I go on Wednesdays, I usually drop into the Museum to chew the fat … and enjoy what is probably the cheapest cup of tea in Amesbury. And, a few things have been happening which I thought I might update you on.

Back in January, the Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust received £13,139 funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme. This will enable them to take over custodianship eventually open the museum on a permanent basis.

Up to now, the trust has been renting the hall from the Council hourly, with exhibits and displays being put away each week. Now they can stay in place, allowing bigger displays and longer opening hours.

And, on the 1st March, David Jacques and the team excavating nearby Vespasian’s Camp were in the running for the award for ‘Best Archaeological Dig in the Country’. They didn’t quite make it … they came a close second to the recent discovery of Richard III under a car park in Leicester.

There’s certainly no disgrace in coming second to that one. Maybe, in the future?

At the time of writing, the Amesbury Museum is open on Wednesdays, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Some Bank Holidays and other occasions; see local media for details. Admission is free, but a donation would be appreciated.


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