PLANS for a controversial Stonehenge tunnel have been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate

20 10 2018

Proposals for the A303 include building a 1.8 mile dual carriageway tunnel as it passes the World Heritage Site.

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The road, currently a single carriageway, is a notorious bottleneck on the route to the South West.

The formal plans come after a lengthy public consultation on how best to tackle traffic issues in the area.

The planning inspector now has 28 days to review the application and decide whether or not to accept the plans.

If these are accepted, the application documents will be published to allow people to view the details of the proposals. News source: Salisbury Journal

Relevant Links:
The Knotty Problem of the A303 and Stonehenge. Stonehenge News Blog
Stonehenge tunnel plans submitted to Planning Inspectorate. BBC News
STONEHENGE and A303: English Heritage
The Stonehenge Alliance
ANOTHER consultation on A303 Stonehenge plans. Spire FM

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Stonehenge Events and News: Open days, talks, exhibitions, guided walks and family activities taking place at the World Heritage Site.

17 10 2018

There is always something happening around the Stonehenge World Heritage Site with events such as open days, family activities, lectures and guided tours for both adults and families. Please check the websites below to see what Stonehenge current events are available to book.

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English Heritage Stonehenge 
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Visit their Stonehenge Events page for exhibition news, special events and exclusive ‘members only’ events.  They also publish posts on their news blog.

National Trust’s Stonehenge Landscape
A World Heritage Site for its  ancient ceremonial landscape of archaeological and wildlife interest. Visit their events page

Amesbury History Centre 
The Amesbury History Centre is the place to visit to find out all you need to know about the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Britain.

Wiltshire Museum 
Award-winning Museum display – Gold from the Time of Stonehenge. Britain’s best Bronze Age archaeology collection. Visit their events page

Salisbury Museum 
The Salisbury Museum. Showcasing the medieval Cathedral town of Salisbury and the ancient wonders of Stonehenge. Visit their events page

Visit Wiltshire
Click here to find out all you need when visiting Stonehenge Wiltshire!…Easily search Attractions, Events and Accommodation suitable for your needs!…FREE MAPS & GUIDES!

Wessex Archaeology
Wessex Archaeology is proud to have had a long history of work at Stonehenge and to have played a leading role in their research, management and investigation.  Visit their news blog

Stonehenge Guided Tours
The longest established Stonehenge tour operator run daily Stonehenge tours from London and offer exclusive inner circle access tours allowing you to walk amongst  the monument at sunrise or sunset.

Stonehenge and Salisbury Guided Tours
The Stonehenge Travel Company are based in nearby Salisbury and operate private guided tours of Stonehenge.  They are considered as the local megalithic experts.

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New Stonehenge exhibition shows relations of ancient Britain and Europe.

11 10 2018

Our ancient British ancestors have been “making and breaking relationships with continental Europe” for thousands of years, a new exhibition will show.

The collection, including a 6,500-year-old jade axe made in Italy, will go on display at Stonehenge on Friday.

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The axe is made of jadeitite obtained from the French-Italian Alps TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM/PA

Organisers say it highlights how there were different periods of connection with, and relative isolation from, Europe in Britain’s history.

It will be the first time the objects have been displayed together.

Experts say in the late Neolithic period when Stonehenge was built, about 5,000 years ago, communities living in the British Isles appear to have been insular and had little communication with continental Europe.

But both before and after, in the early Neolithic and the early Bronze Age period, items, styles and religious beliefs were being shared widely.

English Heritage historian, Susan Greaney, said: “From insular communities with what appears to be little outside communication, to mass migrations and the sharing of raw materials and finished artefacts, our ancestors have been making and breaking relationships with Continental Europe for thousands of years.

“Throughout the Neolithic and Bronze Age, Stonehenge stood at the centre of this constantly changing ebb and flow of objects, styles, people and ideas.”

Read the full story on the BBC website (source)

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As part of the Stonehenge centenary celebrations, Friday 26th October 2018 will be the debut at Stonehenge of Sacrilege, Deller’s inflatable replica of Stonehenge. #SH100

5 10 2018

A day of specially commissioned art and events will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Stonehenge being donated to the nation. 

English Heritage and the artist Jeremy Deller will mark 100 years since Stonehenge was donated to the nation with a day of celebrations at the ancient stones. Curated by Deller, Friday 26th October will be full of music and art, an inflatable Stonehenge, an anniversary tea party, as well as a few surprises.

A life-sized, inflatable replica of the British heritage and pagan site, and tourist attraction, Stonehenge.

A life-sized, inflatable replica of the British heritage and pagan site, and tourist attraction, Stonehenge.

The artist describes Sacrilege as a light-hearted and playful way of visitors to “get reacquainted with ancient Britain with your shoes off”. Sacrilege has been loaned to English Heritage by The Store X Vinyl Factory, and will be outside the Stonehenge visitor centre from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th October.

‘Deller…offers the access to Stonehenge that English Heritage denies — with added bounce.’  – The Guardian

This ambitious project developed Turner Prize-winning Jeremy Deller’s exploration of art in public spaces alongside his interest in historic and contemporary icons.

WEEKEND OF CELEBRATION MARKS 100 YEARS OF STONEHENGE BELONGING TO THE NATION: 26th – 28th October 2018

RELEVANT LINKS:
Visit the Stonehenge 100 English Heritage website for full detail
Archaeology with a bounce! Mike Pitts blog 
Stonehenge goes on tour. Bouncy ‘Sacriledge’ comes to Wiltshire 2012
Jeremy Deller’s Stonehenge bouncy castle comes to London: The Telegraph

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