Wiltshire Museum and the Devizes Assize Court Trust are working together on an ambitious project called 'Assizes for Devizes: Unlocking Wiltshire's Stories' to create a vibrant cultural and community destination at the heart of Wiltshire.
We want to transform Wiltshire Museum and it's internationally important collections into a world class destination within the Stonehenge and Avebury landscape, by revitalising the much-loved derelict Devizes Assize Court as a new home for the Museum.
Listen to our latest update video to find out more.
We are delighted to have recieved initial support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for our project. Development funding of £300,748 has been awarded to help us progress plans for the project.
Between autumn 2023 - summer 2025, we will be developing plans for revitalising the Assize Court building and transforming it into an iconic new home for the Museum.
We will be holding community days, including ‘pop-up’ exhibitions and events to seek the views of our community on plans as they progress. These ideas will be developed with Purcell, our appointed architects, along with adjoining owners, Wiltshire Council and Devizes Town Council.
Our aim is to apply for a full National Lottery grant in 2025 for the project's 'Delivery Phase'. If successful, work would start on the Assize Court building in four years’ time, with a target opening date of 2030.
During the Delivery Phase (likely 2026-2030) we will:
Wiltshire Museum is in desperate need of a new home.
The Devizes Assize Court is running out of time.
Gold from the Bush Barrow burial -the richest early bronze age burial in Britian.
We showcased our initial ideas in an exhibition held at the Assize Court in September. We are now looking at the results of the consultation and planning our next steps.
Overview of our initial ideas of how the building will become a community space and the new home of the Wiltshire Museum.