5 June 2024

The John Creasey

The Young Gallery, situated on the first floor of Salisbury Library in Salisbury, holds a collection of 2,637 objects relating to John Creasey.

The collection contains over 2,000 first edition copies of John Creasey’s books, along with numerous examples of original cover art from Creasey’s early works. It also features personal effects from John Creasey’s study including an impressive collection of his walking sticks. When objects from the collection are not on display, they can be seen by booking an appointment with the Curator.

The charitable Trust supporting the Young Gallery is the Young & Creasey Gallery Trust. This was merged from the former Trusts the Edwin Young Collection and The John Creasey Museum in April 2024. The merger into one charity has enabled the Young Gallery to renew its accreditation through Arts Council England and develop a sustainable art museum for the future.

Leader of Wiltshire Council, Councillor Richard Clewer said: “The Young Gallery is a real asset not only for Salisbury but the surrounding area as well. The work taking place recently has been vital to enable the gallery to move forward and become a vibrant space that can become part of a cultural quarter for Salisbury.”

Dr Emily Dunbar, Art Curator said: “The merger of the trusts has been essential to the behind the scenes work at the Young Gallery and is a crucial step towards developing a dynamic, free art museum in the centre of Salisbury. It marks an exciting new phase for the Young Gallery, which we plan to build on over the rest of the year.”

The Young Gallery’s full exhibition programme will launch later in 2024, enabling more artworks from its collection to be displayed, as well as collaborations with local artists and projects. 2025 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Young Gallery moving to its current location and a display showing more of the John Creasey collection is planned for this year. For more information about the Creasey collection and The Young Gallery please visit