Celebrating 30 Years of World Heritage at Stonehenge and Avebury on 19th November 2016 #WHS30

12 11 2016

This year Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site is celebrating 30 years since its inscription on to the World Heritage list in 1986.  A number of events are taking place throughout this year.


The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Coordination Unit, with the support of their partners, is holding a 30th anniversary conference on 19 and 20 November 2016 to celebrate the many aspects of the World Heritage Site and the gains made over the past 30 years.

On Saturday 19 November in the Ceres Hall, the Corn Exchange, Devizes, a number of speakers including Dr Serge Cassen (University of Nantes), Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museums of Scotland), Dr Heather Sebire (English Heritage), Prof Tim Darvill (University of Bournemouth), Dr Josh Pollard (University of Southampton), Prof Vince Gaffney (University of Bradford) will be joining us to examine developments in conservation, changes in our knowledge through research and archaeology, the impact on culture and how Stonehenge fits into the European and British culture at that time.


There will be a panel discussion to think about what advances in our knowledge there might be in the next 30 years as well as opportunities to find out about the work of the key partners in helping to manage the World Heritage Site.

On Sunday 20 November there will be limited opportunities for delegates to attend exclusive expert led tours to both Stonehenge and Avebury and to The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum to explore their related collections.

Tickets are open to all and must be booked in advance through Eventbrite.

This event is supported by Historic England and Wiltshire Council

There’s still time to book your tickets for the conference on 19th November.

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New Stonehenge tourist attraction planned in Wiltshire

29 06 2013

Plans have been unveiled for another Stonehenge stone circle to be built in Wiltshire using different-coloured stones from around the world.

Organisers of the £50m project want it to become another major tourist destination in the county, and one which will last for thousands of years.

Archaeologists believe the original Stonehenge was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC

Archaeologists believe the original Stonehenge was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC

New Stonehenge would include yurt huts for visitors to stay in, a planetarium and an observatory.

It would be located about four miles (6 km) from the existing stone circle.

The land is close to Fugglestone Red where Wiltshire Council has proposed a major new housing development as part of its 2009 Core Strategy.

“For tourism in Wiltshire, it will be a huge boost. The new Stonehenge will compliment the old one”
Graham Gould Salisbury City Centre Management

The project is currently in the planning stages while the team behind it seeks funding for consultation on the environmental impact of the proposed structure.

Private investment for the build is currently being sought, with organisers expecting the attraction to make back the outlay within 6-10 years of it opening.

‘Homage’ to original circle

Project leader Colin Shearing said it will be an “homage” to the original Stonehenge.

He said: “You can’t really experience how it was when it was new because it’s old, so a new one would give you an opportunity to experience what our ancestors experienced when they went to the original one.”

Archaeologists believe the original Stonehenge was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.

Mr Shearing said the new Stonehenge circle would be built with stones imported from different countries around the world, with each one matching a colour of the spectrum.

He said the entire structure will be polished and set into a floor of white quartz granite and surrounded by a white stone wall.

It is planned for the attraction to host events such as summer concerts and festivals as well as conferences and weddings.

Graham Gould, of Salisbury City Centre Management, described it as a “fantastic idea”.

He said: “For tourism in Wiltshire, it will be a huge boost. The new Stonehenge will compliment the old one.

“The two can work together, without a doubt.”

An English Heritage spokesperson said it is an “ambitious and interesting” project, and the organisation will be watching its development “with interest.”

Following a full environmental impact study, organisers hope to apply for planning permission to Wiltshire Council in 2014.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-23094202

More info: http://www.newstonehenge.co.uk/

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