The Salisbury Museum is going potty!
Why is The Salisbury Museum going potty? It is because we need to update our loos!
The Salisbury Museum moved into its present home in The King's House, at the beginning of the 1980's. The building has been through various incarnations, originally built as a home for the Abbot of Sherborne in the early 13th century; somewhere that James I and Anne of Denmark laid their heads in 1610 and 1613; and from the mid-19th century until the late 1970's - a teacher training college where Thomas Hardy's sisters trained. It took some time to turn the building, gallery by gallery, into a museum and destination suitable to receive visitors and in fact, the reinvention never stops. The public toilets, so perfect in 1980 are now in serious need of updating.
The museum is in need of a total of £30,000 to refurbish and improve the accessibility to the Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets. Launching on 19 November, #WorldToiletDay sees the start of a passionate fundraising campaign, which will also include twinning with a school toilet block in Malawi.
Museum Director, Adrian Green says, Every couple of years our facilities are assessed by Visit England and the one thing that brings our score down each time are the state of our toilets. We can no longer ignore the fact that having top quality loos is as important as top quality exhibitions and an essential part of the visitor experience.'
So whether it is a penny, a pound or quantities of either, the money raised will help the museum to totally transform the toilet facilities into 21st century ones. Visitors can give in person at the museum - look out for the potty donation box, or through the museum's website, which will link to the crowdfunding campaign created specifically to get the campaign started by raising £10,000. Hopefully by 2018, the museum's public loos will no longer look like they should be in a museum.
Image above: Mrs Ridout and the Coombe Express, 1878 with apologies to Frank Brooks