A grant of £5.1m was awarded to the Salisbury Museum and this is currently being put to good use with a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to have a sneak preview and to share my thoughts on a considerable transition.  

I have been to Salisbury Museum many times, but today, I felt totally disorientated as I walked from room to room.  To my untrained eyes, the work is far from done and still resembles a building site, but director Adrian Green who gave me a personal tour assured me that most of the work was done. 

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£5m sounds a lot of money, but what will it do for the museum's future?

Adrian manages collections, the building, the displays, temporary exhibitions and staff but a museum with its roots firmly etched in the past has to brought into the present and readied for the future.

Time does not wait...even for historical artefacts. Throughout the tour, Adrian explained his vision.

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Beautiful new contemporary cabinets will enable access to the artefacts in a much more visual way. The rooms were stripped right back to the walls  and digital surveys are done along with measurements and then, interiors prefabricated. 

The transition will lead to an emphasis on Salisbury's history.

Adrian wants people to connect with the archaeology found here and to understand the record of the city. 

In the King's room with its beautiful ceiling, it will be a story of pots, from the earliest ones made...so prehistoric, medieval pots.....in fact, a journey through ceramics. 

Adrian told me that the bay window in the room had turned out to be a massive problem with lots of stone work being placed. Although the refurbishment is about improving the inner aesthetics of the displays and making it easier to tell the story of Salisbury's history, conserving the Grade1 listed building is also important. 

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The room which used to house fashion will become the lecture/events room. Now that it has been cleared out, lots of natural light floods in where previously, the windows were blocked.

The room will hold about 100 people. 

As we moved into the area where the events used to be held, I was struck by how different it all looked. 

The entrance way from the gardens has been completely redone but it has been done tastefully, utilising the same stonework of the main building so that once weathered, it will fit in. 

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There will be more drama in the downstairs rooms.

A car made in Salisbury in 1912 will be on display and the Salisbury Giant will play a key role in public engagement. There will be a screen and two settings with memories of the Giant being played and the Salisbury Peace Pageant with the 'Giant's' voice. 

This is very much Salisbury's story. 

The museum received a grant of more than £3.9m from the Heritage Lottery and private donations and fund-raising made up the remaining millions need. The Museum is a charity, it needs people to come through the door just to keep conserving the building and to pay wages. 

I feel the refurbishment will draw a lot of people in for the years to come. There will always be something new to understand.

I personally cannot wait to go back and see many of Salisbury's artefacts taking centre-stage.