Support Curiosity & Creativity at Wiltshire Museum

by Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th December 2020 we successfully raised £4,400 ( + est. £768.75 Gift Aid ) with 51 supporters in 28 days

Inspiring curiosity and creativity using our amazing objects, including gold from the time of Stonehenge. Help us beat the Covid-19 crisis.

by Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, England, United Kingdom

1605021026_img_8220_crop.jpgJoin our quest to keep curiosity and creativity alive during the current crisis, which has slashed our income. 

Wiltshire Museum shares the story of our beautiful county. We're proud to be the home of Britain's best Bronze Age collection, including the breath-taking gold from the time of Stonehenge.

Our friendly learning team deliver inspiring and reflective activities and workshops that help us connect with our past, each other, as well as discovering new, or developing, talents and interests. Everyone is welcome: schools, families and people of all ages, needs, abilities and backgrounds

In 2020, our doors had to close due to Covid 19, but our virtual #MuseumConnect series on YouTube beamed a variety of creative activities into the homes of people isolating and home-schooling, shining a ray of light on dark days. We are now starting to run virtual lectures, workshops and work with school groups again, and it's great to be back, but loss of income threatens our ability to keep delivering our high quality learning programs.

Why do we need your help?
As an independent charity which usually raises 95% of our income ourselves, COVID 19 has slashed our revenue. We could not welcome visitors, school groups or host events. We did not receive any of the Government’s emergency funding, due to such high demand.

This threatens our ability to keep engaging with our communities and we need to spend money to adapt to the 'new normal'. We desperately need money to sustain our core activities, please help if you can.

1605116928_oip.jpgOur Crowdfunder quest is to fund our learning team, to keep our schools, community projects and virtual links alive, at a time when this is needed more than ever. We don't want any pupil or individual to miss out on discovering fascinating museum objects. We also want to update our gallery interactives, making them Covid safe.

How does our enhance people's lives?
Museum learning is powerful. We know our work promotes wellness, happiness and feeling connected. Artefact based projects inspire learning and creativity and enhance people’s lives.

There’s not enough space to tell you everything here, but a few examples are below. We have:

1605117971_img_5796.jpg* Created giant snakes, for the front of the Museum, with Wiltshire Young Carers when they enjoyed a sleepover.

* Giggled with parents, grandparents, carers and their under-fives at our Curious Kids workshops.

* Made discoveries with children as they excavated alongside members of our Archaeology Field Group.

* Supported children who struggle with academic success work out how something works much quicker than the child who is normally top of the class! They smile with pride. Hands on learning is great

1605118375_final_banners.jpg* Listened to families with autistic children tell us how welcome they feel at our ‘real-life’ workshops.

* Sang with a woman in her 80’s as she remembered songs she sang to WW2 troops.

* Crafted pom-poms with women from Tidworth's Ghurkha community as we made banner to celebrates 'Votes for Women' in 2018.

What will we use Crowdfunder donations for?
Our most pressing need is to pay the core costs of our learning team. Materials for 'real world' workshops, new equipment for virtual recordings and handling resources are all needed.

Ali, our Education Officer, is delivering pre-history school sessions online; so that pupils do not miss out. Local schools will be able to borrow boxes full of exciting handling objects, including 10,000-year-old stone axes, a bronze age dagger blade, Roman oil lamps and coins, hands-on Victorian toys and much more. We need money to refurbish the boxes, keeping artefacts safe for the future.

All the items above will be £4,000 of our target total.

1605118515_file-19.jpegWe also need to update our gallery interactives. Children love visiting as there is so much for them to do: grinding corn in the Iron Age quern, trying on replica costumes, making brass rubbings and creating a 'Foam Henge' from foam blocks.

We need to change these to be COVID safe. This will be £3,500 of our target total, to get items designed and made to a good quality.

 Who we are and a little bit about us

1605121058_wiltshire_museum_005.jpgOur Museum has been at the heart of the market town of Devizes since 1874. Generations of children have admired Horatio, our stuffed lion, and left sticky fingerprints on cases!

The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, which started the Museum, has over 1000 members.

We have always been driven by a passion for exploring our world, and education and creativity for people of all ages.

Members run today’s museum as Trustees, managing a small team of professional staff. Members are also at the heart of our invaluable volunteer group.

What do our visitors say on Trip Advisor?

1605119114_ben_lawton_crop.jpg"A lovely little museum that is engaging for young children as well as older children and adults. Lots of interesting information and some fascinating exhibits.

The staff were so friendly and easily able to discuss information with all ages. Our children have asked to go back and we want to as well!"

Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us during this crisis. We are really grateful for your support. 

Thank you from all of us at Wiltshire Museum.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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Every donation counts. Thank you for your support!

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Social media thank you - go global!

Leave your twitter/Instagram tag on your comment and get a big 'Thank You' shout out on one of our social media platforms.

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Become a Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunding Champion!

Become a 'Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion' and get a listing on our page for two years.

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Get our Museum Director sent to your inbox!

David Dawson has a wealth of fascinating facts about the treasures in our care. He'll explain the importance of the Stonehenge gold in this short video, sent to your email address. Plus, be mentioned as an Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion on for three years.

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Discover the Bush Barrow Chieftain

Receive a souvenir colour booklet about the fascinating Bush Barrow Chieftain and the treasures buried with him near Stonehenge. Plus, get our Museum Director sent to your inbox and become a Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion on

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Free entry to Wiltshire Museum, plus more!

A virtual ticket for you and a guest to visit Wiltshire Museum during usual opening hours (children are free). Valid for 1 visit with no end date. This includes our fabulous 'Eric Ravilious: Downland Man' exhibition from Oct 2021 to Jan 2022. Plus, the Bush Barrow Chieftain booklet posted to you, our Museum Director sent to your inbox and become a Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion on

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A sneaky peak behind the scenes at the Museum

The chance for you and a guest to join David Dawson on a group tour of the museum. We will have a variety of dates for you to book onto in 2021. Plus, the Bush Barrow Chieftain booklet will be posted to you, and you'll become a Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion on

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Find out more about Stonehenge

You'll be presented with Julian Richard's marvellous book 'Stonehenge: The Story so far' after you and guest join Museum Director, David Dawson, on a behind the scenes group tour of the Museum. We will have a variety of dates for you to book onto. Plus, you'll receive the Barrow Chieftain booklet and become a Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion on

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The Bush Barrow Lozenge

Enjoy a private behind the scenes tour for yourself and 5 of your friends (current Covid19 rules will apply). We will have a variety of dates in 2021. Take home one of the beautiful replica Bush Barrow Gold Lozenge necklaces, inspired by one of the Stonehenge artefacts you will see on display. Plus, you'll receive the Barrow Chieftain booklet and become a Wiltshire Museum Crowdfunder Champion on

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Get up close and personal with Stonehenge

You and up to 3 guests join Museum Director, David Dawson, on an hour tour inside the stone circle. Plus, David will give you a personal tour around of Wiltshire Museum and you will receive one copy of Julian Richard's 'Stonehenge: The Story So Far' and four copies of the Bush Barrow Chieftain. Plus become a 'Crowdfunder Champion'. Please note we work with English Heritage on mutually agreeable times, we aim to fulfil this by end of Nov 2021.

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