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Sky at Night filming at museum
THE BBC’s Sky at Night team has been filming at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum.
Presenter Jon Culshaw interviewed Professor Colin Pillinger about his integral role in getting a meteorite from Lake House to its new home at the museum.
Filming went on for a number of hours as Professor Pillinger was questioned about the mysterious history of the 90kg meteorite, which is thought to have landed on the earth some 30,000 years ago.
It is thought that the meteorite was preserved by the frozen conditions during the last ice age.
Then, thousands of years later, in the Stone or Bronze Age, it is believed to have been built into a burial mound close to Lake House in Wilsford-cum-Lake.
It may then have been unearthed in the19th century by Edward Duke, a previous owner of Lake House who was an antiquarian who excavated burial mounds nearby and had his own private museum.
Photographic evidence shows it on the doorstep of Lake House at the time the property was owned by the brewer Joseph Lovibond, mayor of Salisbury in 1878-79 and 1890-91.
The meteorite on loan to the museum from the Bailey family and on display for all to marvel over.
To find out more about its history, tune in to The Sky at Night, Sunday, April 7 at 11.55pm.
To see the meteorite yourself, visit Salisbury Museum, open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.