Exhibition in Salisbury – Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007

From Saturday 4th October 2008 until 3rd January 2009, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum will be home to the exhibition “Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007“.

The exhibtion, presented in association with the Society of Antiquaries of London, explores the development of archaeology, from antiquarianism to the rise of modern professional archaeology. It features original works of art, manuscripts and artefacts from their wonderful collections.

Making History is a travelling exhibition, and after Salisbury it will move to Stoke on Trent, Sunderland, and Lincoln. It will be tailored to include relevant exhibits from each region, in addition to the exhibition’s core collection.

Following on from my work on the Making History exhibition in London at the Royal Academy last year, I have contributed a short animation to the Salisbury exhibition.

Entitled “Lasers and Light”, it contains some new footage generated from the Stonehenge LiDAR dataset, close-range laser scans of some bones (and skull) from the Amesbury Archer, and some laser scans of WWI and WWII graffiti carved into trees on Salisbury Plain. In the next week or so I will put it online and embed it here.

If you can make it to Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Making History will certainly be worth a visit, and will give you an opportunity to explore the rest of this fabulous museum.

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2 Responses to Exhibition in Salisbury – Making History: Antiquaries in Britain 1707-2007

  1. Matt Penny 7 October, 2008 at 1:48 pm #


    I visited the exhibition at the weekend. It’s interesting stuff – especially the Lasers and Light demo.



  2. M.Melsom 30 November, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    Having travelled to London last year to see the exhibition, which I greatly enjoyed.I was very proud to see the travelling exhibtion with some of Salisbury Museum treasures on display in my local museum. The Lidar work by Tom is something well worth seeing several times. I look forward to the lecture on the exhibition this next Saturday 6th December, given by Mr Nick Griffiths and learning more about some of the artifacts and the reasons for recording them.