Stonehenge to be Celebrated with ‘Landmark’ Exhibition at British Museum #TheWorldOfStonehenge

8 12 2021

A forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum will celebrate the iconic megalithic monument Stonehenge in what the institution promises to be a “landmark show.” Set to open in February of next year, ‘The World of Stonehenge’ will surprisingly be the first time ever that the legendary site has served as the subject of a major event at the massive and prestigious museum. In keeping with that momentous occasion, curators putting the exhibition together have reportedly amassed a staggering array of artifacts, including approximately 250 pieces that have been loaned to the event from institutions throughout Europe and the UK.

Towering above the Wiltshire countryside, Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most awe-inspiring ancient stone circle. Shrouded in layers of speculation and folklore, this iconic British monument has spurred myths and legends that persist today.

A key part of the collection, this 4,000-year-old Bronze Age timber structure has been nicknamed the Stonehenge of the Sea after it re-emerged on a Norfolk beach in 1998. It consists of a large upturned tree stump surrounded by 54 wooden posts. The oak posts, some up to 3m tall and form a 6.6m-diameter circle around the upturned oak, creating a giant tree-like spectacle. A narrow entranceway was built aligning to the rising midsummer sun and it is speculated the monument was used for ritual purposes.

The Nebra Sky Disc is 3,600 years old and will go on show at the London museum next year. Picture by: The British Museum

The aim is to set the stone monument – built 4,500 years ago, and one of the most recognisable sights in Europe – into the context of an era during which there was huge social and technological change.

 The World of Stonehenge is at the British Museum, London, from 17 February to 17 July 2022

Relevant Stonehenge News Links:
Story of Stonehenge to be told in major British Museum exhibition – The Guardian
British Museum exhibition explores Stonehenge of the sea – BBC News
Mysterious Seahenge monument coming to British Museum for Stonehenge show – Evening Standard
Guided Tours of Stonehenge with the megalithic experts – Stonehenge Guided Tours
A major exhibition on Stonehenge featuring 430 objects and artefacts is due to open at the British Museum. – The Conservative Post
The local Stonehenge touring experts based in Salisbury – The Stonehenge Travel Company
British Museum seeks loan of Ireland’s priceless artefacts for landmark exhibition – The Indepedent
World’s oldest map of the stars — is to go on display at the British Museum – Daily Mail

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