Wiltshire Museum Devizes

Class trip numero tres!

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For this lovely spot we got to take a bus trip as it is located in the town of Devizes in the county of Wiltshire.  I thoroughly confused Pater when I told him where I went. Devizes is not a weird spelling of devices no matter what your brain is telling you.

 

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We were able to explore a bit around the place.  It’s actually three historic buildings whose walls have been torn out.  The middle one used to be a school while the flanking buildings were Georgian houses. Apparently there are 25 different levels within the museum.

 

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It’s notable for its world class collection of Bronze Age items.  They have a better collection than the British Museum (GASP).  Unfortunately it’s close to Stonehenge but not quite close enough to get all the tourists.

 

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It’s a gem of a place. They recently updated the Bronze Age exhibit and it’s top notch. 10/10 – would go again.  The museum has lots of events, talks, lectures and even archaeological surveys.

 

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Beautiful displays!  The lighting resets every 20 minutes and builds from dawn to dusk.  It keeps it fresh and makes you forget you’re in a basement.

 

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That red bead is the oldest piece of glass found in Britain!

 

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Fancy, fancy gold!

Other exhibits include the Saxons, the history of Devizes from the middle ages onwards, Roman Britain and naturally the World War I display that is ubiquitous due to the centenary.

 

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This was perhaps my favourite item (sorry glitzy ancient gold).  It’s a tea leaf mixer!  Back before teas were standardized, people would get their own special blend.  Wicked awesome!!


Rating: 4/5

Pros: There is something for everyone, cool historic stuff, a nice focus on local history, great programs

Cons: It’s not the most accessible for people with disabilities and needs more places to sit, it’s also a bit tricky to find

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