Wessex Gallery of Archaeology Grand Opening Activity Day.

12 07 2014

To mark the opening of the new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology by celebrity anthropologist Professor Alice Roberts, the Salisbury Museum is hosting an admission-free day of action-packed interactive events, exciting living history displays and demonstrations on Saturday, 12th July in The Close, Salisbury.

 BBC Time Team and Coast presenter Professor Alice Roberts

BBC Time Team and Coast presenter Professor Alice Roberts

Have a go at flint knapping, reconstructing a prehistoric face, carving a Stone Age chalk animal or the learning the ancient art of coppicing, wool-dyeing and pottery-making.

Facial reconstruction and chalk carving
Along with a free view of the new Wessex Gallery, members of the public will have the opportunity to see amazing Norman falconry displays; try on beautiful Norman dresses, or get suited and booted in a knight’s hefty chainmail armour complete with sword. There will also be ancient coppicing, stone masonry, pottery-making and wool dyeing demonstrations as well as a chance for people to try their hand at reconstructing a prehistoric face, carve a Stone Age chalk animal and experience an Anglo Saxon burial ritual.
With more than 2,500 rare and exciting pieces on show, the Gallery provides a fascinating look at early Britain.
“The Grand Opening of our new Wessex Gallery is going to be a fantastic all-day event with lots of exciting activities to see and do for all age groups,” says Adrian Green, Salisbury Museum director. “It’s also a great opportunity for people to see our amazing new Wessex Gallery which brings the prehistory and history of Stonehenge and Wessex to life. It’s one of the best displays and collections of its kind in the world with more than 2,000 rare and fascinating artefacts which tell the story of Stonehenge and early Britain from the mathematical genius of the ancient Britons to the transformational Roman and Norman invasions.”
The new gallery replaces the old Stonehenge, Pitt-Rivers and Early Man galleries and was funded with a grant of nearly £1.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Wessex Gallery Grand Opening is on Saturday, 12 July from 10am to 4pm at Salisbury Museum, The King’s House, 65 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EN. For further visitor information ring 01722 332151 or visit: www.salisburymuseum.org.uk
Admission is free on the opening day.

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1000′s flock to Stonehenge for Solstice Sunrise

21 06 2014

THOUSANDS of druids, revellers, tourists and families stood side by side to welcome the sunrise at Stonehenge this morning.

Stonehenge Solstice Sunrise

 

The longest day falling on a weekend and the clear sky drew a crowd of about 36,000, 15,000 more than last year, to the Summer Solstice at the ancient monument.

While party-goers banged drums and cheered in the stone circle, the Loyal Arthurian War Band druids performed their spiritual ceremony by the Heel Stone.

People come from all over the world to be a part of the celebrations at Stonehenge and the bumper crowd were treated to one of the best sunrises at the monument in years.

This year’s mood seemed more subdued than previous and Wiltshire Police said 25 arrests were made at Stonehenge and two at Avebury, which were mainly for drug related offences.

Superintendent Gavin Williams said: “We are please the Solstice celebrations have been enjoyable events for the majority of people attending. The road system worked well and many people used the public transport as we advised.

“Every year there are new challenges for us at Solstice but it is always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the event.”





Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebrations 2014: Web Links and Information

19 06 2014

English Heritage are pleased to be providing Managed Open Access to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice on 20-21 June solstivce-stone
2014.

Please help us to create a peaceful occasion by taking personal responsibility and following the Conditions of Entry and guidelines set out on these pages.

“It is a place seen by many as a sacred site – therefore please respect it and those attending. “

 

You can follow @eh_stonehenge on Twitter for travel updates on the night.

You can also follow @ST0NEHENGE on Twitter for Stonehenge pics and info

Tweet us your Stonehenge Summer Solstice pics using the hashtag #henge

We hope the weather will be kind and wish you a peaceful and celebratory solstice.

USEFUL LINKS:

ENGLISH HERITAGE WEBSITE

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:

DIRECTIONS TO STONEHENGE

TRAVELLING TO STONEHENGE SUMMER SOLSTICE:

ON-SITE FACILITIES DURING SUMMER SOLSTICE – DOWNLOAD A CAR PARK AND MONUMENT MAP HERE

Download the free Stonehenge audio guide and listen en-route to the Stones

Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge we will be operating a special shuttle service between Salisbury and Stonehenge: http://tinyurl.com/qz2p4ep

For information on accommodation providers in the county of Wiltshire and other attractions and services in the area, please see the Visit Wiltshire website.

Stonehenge is approximately 2½ miles (4 kms) from the town of Amesbury. The nearest bus and railway stations are in Salisbury, which is 12 miles (19 kms) away from Stonehenge.

As the roads around Stonehenge will be very busy, it is recommended that you leave your car at home and travel to Stonehenge by public transport.  The local bus company, Salisbury Reds, will be running a special service from Salisbury railway station and Stand U in New Canal, to a drop-off point near Stonehenge.  The buses will also stop at any recognised bus stop along the line of the route, which is via Amesbury. CLICK HERE FOR SALISBURY SHUTTLE SERVICE

Timings for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

  • SOLSTICE CAR PARK OPENS
    19.00 hours (7pm) Friday 20 June
  • ACCESS TO STONEHENGE
    19.00 hours (7pm) Friday 20 June
  • LAST ADMISSION TO SOLSTICE CAR PARK
    06.00 hours (6am) Saturday 21 June
  • STONEHENGE CLOSES
    08.00 hours (8am) Saturday 21 June
  • SOLSTICE CAR PARK TO BE VACATED
    12.00 hours (12 Noon) Saturday 21 June  

We hope the weather will be kind and wish you a peaceful and celebratory solstice.

Sunset and Sunrise on the Summer Solstice

Sunset and sunrise occur at the following times:

  • Sunset on Friday 20 June 2014 is at 21.26 hrs (9.26pm)
  • Sunrise on Saturday 21 June 2014 is at 04.52 hrs (4.52am)
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VISITING Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice has been voted as one of the top 25 life experiences in the world today.

18 05 2014

Stonehenge is one of 25 top life experiences

Salisbury Journal: The ancient stone monument Stonehenge.

The ancient stone monument Stonehenge

VISITING Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice has been voted as one of the top 25 life experiences in the world today.

The ultimate Wonder List of must-do life experiences was created following a study commissioned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Discovery Channel.

An expert panel, which included adventurer Bear Grylls and editors of Wanderlust, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine and National Geographic Traveller, created a long-list of the must-do worldwide experiences, which a poll of 2,000 British adults then cut to a shortlist of 25.

The most popular life experience was to visit the North Cape in Norway to see the Aurora Borealis, a stunning natural light display, followed by snorkelling along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and a road trip along Route 66 in America.

Stonehenge came 18th in the list, one of only two British experiences to make the list. The other, celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh, was number 23.

Susanna Dinnage, managing director of Discovery Networks UK & Ireland, said: “It’s lovely to see great British experiences, such as visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice, figure so highly on the list. Be it adventures on home soil or experiencing life-defining moments further afield, we believe there’s always more to know, to experience and to explore.

As we celebrate 25 years of broadcasting in the UK, the Wonder List embodies Discovery’s continued passion to inspire the nation, expand horizons and make your world bigger.”

They were also asked to nominate the best life experiences to be had in the UK, and visiting Stonehenge during the Summer Solstice got more than a third of the vote, as well as the seven natural wonders of the UK and the seven manmade wonders of the UK, with Stonehenge also topping the latter with over half the nation’s vote.

The findings revealed over half of us have private wonder list of experiences we want to complete and a lack of money is the number on reason stopping people completing their own wonder list.

Article source: By Corey Ross (Salisbury Journal):

Link: http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/11220485.display/?ref=twtrec

English Heritage Open Access: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/summer-solstice/

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Tours:
Premium Tours: http://bestvaluetours.co.uk/tour-of-england/out-of-london-tours/stonehenge-summer-solstice-celebration-see-the-sunset-standing-within-the-centre-of-the-stone-circle-284

Stonehenge Guided Tours: http://www.stonehengetours.com/stonehenge-summer-solstice-tour.htm

Merlin @ Stonehenge
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Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall Architects has won an RIBA South West Award 2014

10 05 2014

Honour for Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre.  Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall Architects has won an RIBA South West Award 2014 from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall Architects has won an RIBA South West Award

Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall Architects has won an RIBA South West Award

The £6.9m building, named in a prestigious ceremony at City Hall, Bristol, yesterday, takes an Australian aboriginal dictum of ‘touching the earth lightly’ to perch on an archaeological landscape creating a vastly improved visitor experience.

A major part of the £27million Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Programme – the largest capital project ever undertaken by English Heritage – the new visitor building, is 2.1km (1.5 miles) to the west of Stonehenge.

RIBA South West Awards recognise examples of innovative and outstanding new architecture within the region.

Chair of the jury, John Pardey of multiple award-winning John Pardey Architects said of the English Heritage project: “The building follows the concept sketch by the architect Barry Marshall.

“A forest of thin square columns dancing at different angles likes tree trunks, supporting a curvy canopy roof, which has fretted edges like leaves meeting the sky. Spaces are laid out with precise clarity and work fabulously well’.

‘The visitor centre provides an essentially outdoor experience and that is as it should be on this wide Wiltshire landscape’.

RIBA South West regional director Jon Watkins said ‘The RIBA South West Awards always bring out the best in local and national architects across our vast region. It is delightful that Salisbury Plain is a focus for local success and quality this year, and I commend the client and architects for their work in raising the profile of architecture nationally and in Wiltshire’.

RIBA South West Award winners will also be considered for a highly-coveted RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, which will be announced in June.

The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the RIBA National Award-winning buildings later in the year.

The full list of the 11 no. RIBA South West Award winners are:

1. Architecture Archive, Somerset (Hugh Strange Architects, London)

2. Lakeshore, Bristol (Ferguson Mann, Bristol)

3. Officers Field, Portland (HTA Design LLP, London)

4. Poole Harbour Second Crossing/Twin Sails Bridge, Poole (Wilkinson Eyre, London)

5. Porthmeor Artist’s Studios & Fishermen’s Cellars, St Ives (Long & Kentish Architects, London)

6. Royal William Yard Staircase, Plymouth (Gillespie Yunnie, Dartington, Devon)

7. Stonehenge Exhibition & Visitor Centre, Wiltshire (Denton Corker Marshall, London)

8. The Exchange, Falmouth University (Burwell Deakins, London)

9. The Lee Building, Bath (Feilden Fowles, London in association with FCB Studios, Bath)

10. The Wilson, Cheltenham Gallery & Museum (Berman Guedes Stretton, London)

11. Westering, Chagford, Devon (Annie Martin Architect, Teignmouth)

Article source: http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/11202373.Honour_for_Stonehenge_Exhibition_and_Visitor_Centre/

Merlin at Stonehenge
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Touching the earth lightly: New Stonehenge Visitor Centre wins Royal Institute of British Architects award

10 05 2014

Originally posted on The Heritage Trust:

The Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by architects Denton Corker Marshall on opening day last December
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The Heritage Trust

This is Wiltshire reports -

The £6.9m building, named in a prestigious ceremony at City Hall, Bristol, yesterday, takes an Australian aboriginal dictum of ‘touching the earth lightly’ to perch on an archaeological landscape creating a vastly improved visitor experience. A major part of the £27million Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Programme – the largest capital project ever undertaken by English Heritage – the new visitor building, is 2.1km (1.5 miles) to the west of Stonehenge.

RIBA South West Awards recognise examples of innovative and outstanding new architecture within the region. Chair of the jury, John Pardey of multiple award-winning John Pardey Architects said of the English Heritage project: “The building follows the concept sketch by the architect Barry Marshall. A forest of thin square columns dancing at different angles like tree…

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The weeds are starting to grow at Stonehenge

10 05 2014

Originally posted on Mike Pitts – Digging Deeper:

stones

The works are far from over, but the visitor centre is starting to bed in, there is less bare mud about and on a wet sky windy spring day it was possible to experience a bit of the Stonehenge we will be learning to know in future. It feels good.

I was there for a press view of what English Heritage grandly calls its “external gallery”, the near complete group of imagined neolithic houses round the back of the visitor centre. Whether or not they are in the least bit neolithic (wheat ears dangling from the thatch look suspicious), the houses are fun and I imagine will be popular with visitors, especially kids. Until newly planted trees grow up to obscure them, they make a nice earthy, rounded contrast to Denton Corker Marshall’s ephemeral linearity.

We walked to the stones with Heather Sebire as guide – the first time I…

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