The Modern Antiquarian. Stone Circles, Ancient Sites, Neolithic Monuments, Ancient Monuments, Prehistoric Sites, Megalithic MysteriesThe Modern Antiquarian

Devizes Museum

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41 Long Street
SN10 1NS
Tel:  01390 727369
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The museum turned out to be free on Sundays - but I'd gladly have paid to see the prehistory galleries here. The museum has something of the local-museum-in-need-of-time-and-funds about it (the typed labels, the clearly aging stonehenge display) but this didn't affect my enjoyment at all. I just drank in the axeheads, the fantastic beads, the reconstructions - too much to take in really. There are contemporary paintings, a humourous desk shaped like a trilithon, not to mention John Nash's fantastic stained glass window featuring a 'best of prehistoric icons'. Unmissable in my opinion. Unfortunately the museum is stuck in an old building, though the woman on the desk assured me they are hoping to move. So most of the museum is currently pretty inaccessible to those with mobility problems - there is no lift and the stairs were pretty rickety in themselves. Considering Stonehenge and Avebury are major attractions it is a shame that Wiltshire's treasury of artifacts can't be supported much more. Posted by Rhiannon
16th July 2003ce