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Wessex 5 Spotlight Loans

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Five leading museums of the Wessex Museums Partnership are showcasing artefacts from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums.

As part of the Spotlight Loans tour, shackles from Dorset County Museum are on show at Russell-Cotes. #WessexWednesdayDiscover their fascinating history, restraining prisoners at Dorchester Prison in the 19th century. See them until 15th Feb.

Five leading museums of the Wessex Museums Partnership Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum are sharing the story of Wessex in the wider world by showcasing an artefact from their own outstanding collections to the other partner museums.

Wessex has a rich history connecting the region to countries around the world. Our links to Europe and Asia date back to prehistory. An eventful maritime history connects our ports to North America and beyond. Local collectors brought back to Wessex exotic treasures from their journeys of discovery around the world. The story of Wessex is a truly global one.

01st January 17 - 30th September 17