Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Day Tour

1 04 2012

Celebrate World Heritage Day and the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention with a fascinating exploration of the Stonehenge and Avebury Landscapes.  Join our experts and discover these extraordinary prehistoric landscapes and how World Heritage Site status is helping to conserve them.
Stonehenge
This is a tour with a mixture of walking and travelling by coach.  You will be led by Dr Nick Snashall, the National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.  Also taking part are Sarah Simmonds, the Avebury World Heritage officer (Wiltshire Council) and Beth Thomas, the Stonehenge World heritage Site Coordinator (English Heritage). This tour is being organised in partnership with English Heritage, National Trust and Wiltshire Council and open to members of both organisations and non-members.
Please note: this is a tour of parts of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site; there will be some walking so appropriate clothing and footwear essential. This tour will not be suitable for those with limited mobility; please let us know if there are any special needs. Older children would be acceptable (e.g. 12+ years).  Need to be able to listen to the talk and not disrupt group. The National Trust will supply parking permits for the car park.  These will be available on the day or in advance if time. Tour ticket will include FREE entry to Alexander Keiller Barn and Stable Galleries and Stonehenge. Tour ticket will include: morning coffee, light lunch and snack in the afternoon. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Sites visited include Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury Henge, West Kennet Avenue, Stonehenge, Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.

When ?
Date: Wed 18 Apr 2012

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–>How to BookPurchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Prices

All inclusive tour includes: car park fee in Avebury; morning coffee, light lunch and afternoon snack; mini-coach travel from Avebury to Stonehenge and return.

Link: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/stonehenge-and-avebury-world-heritage-day-tour-s-18-apr/

Sponsored by ‘The Stonehenge Tour Company’ www.StonehengeTours.com

Merlin at Stonehenge





Health and Safety Laws Threaten Access to Stonehenge

1 04 2012

English Heritage have announced that access into the inner circle of Stonehenge is to be restricted and future visitors must wear hard hats at all time.
Risk assessmentIs Stonehenge Safe ?
Health and safety officers announced:
“If there is a a chance that an object could strike or fall on the heads of persons, they MUST wear a hard hat. Employers are required to take every possible measure to make sure that persons in their employment wears a hard hat and any visitors entering the inner circle during ‘special access’ or ‘open access’ must wear them”

Is Stonehenge safe to walk around ?
It’s not surprising when many thousand year old megalithic structures without deep roots and only minimally interlocking joints eventually fall over as they are undermined.
There definitely has been ground erosion. IIRC, the stones are gently sinking into the soil, year by year. There’s also a major road nearby which is causing both vibration and air pollution problems. The stones have also had acid rain erosion problems.
Potential falling rocks. 
Parts of Stonehenge certainly have fallen over in the past.

  • Stone 22 and a lintel – both in the outer circle – fell on 31st December 1900.
  • In the central horseshoe of 5 trilithon pairs, 57-58 and their lintel fell over in 1797, but were restored in 1958.
  • Stone 23 keeled over in 1963, which is the last major collapse.

High Visibility Jackets is not enough.

Security guards already wear high visibility jackets, however this does not provide adequate protection and the contractors are currenty at risk. Staff and visitors would be exposed to objects falling from a height.

Peter Carson said yesterday “Eliminating the risk would be better than issuing a PPE!”

The English Heritage recommend the wearing of Hi-Vis jackets and hard hats will be sold in the visitor center from 1st May 2012 (approx. £2.99)

Summer Solstice Celebraions Dangers
This announcement will effect the Summer Solstice celebrations and future ‘open access’ visits. This has angered local pagan communities. English Heritage will not be supplying hard hats ‘free of charge’ and will not allow entry without them.

No hard hats at Stonehenge petition

No hard hats at Stonehenge petition

Arthur Pendragon Campaign
Local Druid Arthur was outraged to hear the news and is convinced this is just a ploy by English Heritage and Wiltshire Police to prevent future ‘open access’ to the monument.

He quoted “Sikhs in Great Britain can ride motorcycles without helmets; so we are campaigning for the right not to wear hard hats inside Stonehenge and other Stone Circles”

 

Merlin says ” APRIL FOOL!”

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