Wessex Museums

Wessex Museums

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  • Museums / heritage

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Wessex Museums is a thriving partnership of museums across Dorset and Wiltshire – Dorset Museum, Lydiard House Museum, Poole Museum, STEAM – the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum.

Our purpose is to build the resilience and relevance of the museums in our partnership and across our region. Our mission is to support museums to connect, inspire and add value to people’s lives, guided by our shared vision – museums thriving through collaboration.

Our Strategic Plan for 2021-23 focusses on:

  • Our collections and interpretation
  • Connecting with communities
  • Our programming
  • Building resilience 

Equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) and digital are golden threads that run through our strategic plan. 


Wessex Museums (and its constituent museums) is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) 2023-26, and as such is currently delivering an ambitious collaborative programme. The Wessex Museums Trust is responsible for the governance of the NPO programme and ensuring that the partnership delivers on its funding agreement with Arts Council England. Activity included in our NPO programme is outlined in our action plan, read our what we do page to find out more.

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