Guest Blog: Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site – Inspiration across time

21 08 2015

The Arts in Wiltshire

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites became a World Heritage Site in 1986 (we’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary throughout 2016). “Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while Avebury is the largest in the world.” The archaeological importance of both Stonehenge and Avebury is well known but not everyone is aware that both Stonehenge and Avebury are also a World Heritage Site (WHS) because of the “influence of the remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age funerary and ceremonial monuments and their landscape settings on architects, artists, historians, archaeologists and others”.

Stonehenge and King Barrow Ridge. Copyright Beth Thomas Stonehenge and King Barrow Ridge.
Copyright Beth Thomas

The influence of Stonehenge and Avebury on artists can be seen in a number of art forms and over several centuries.

English Heritage celebrated the opening of the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre in 2013 with a special exhibition entitled Set in Stone. This exhibition told…

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