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The new Stonehenge centre

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Here’s a first peek at the visitor centre, which opens its doors tomorrow. I guess it won’t often look like this again in mid morning.

ARRIVAL

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CAFE & SHOP ON LEFT

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GALLERIES ON RIGHT

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Smaller of the two circular video screens:

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Video panorama on left, museum cases on right:

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Lobby area with pull quotes and talking videos:

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A temporary exhibition room, with some lovely large display cases, currently showing “Set in Stone?”, featuring the 14th century Scala Mundi that illustrates the stones, and other treasures:

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Leaving into the area where the reconstructed neolithic houses will be, and the train pick-up:

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Back inside, the panoramic video is truly spectacular. Here are some random grabs:

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From today to the beginning, with an earthwork and ring of bluestones:

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Meanwhile, up at the site work continues. A marker is being laid to show the solstice alignment. Waiting beside the new path, on left (look, no road underpass!):

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Waiting trench:

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Earlier posts showing work on the visitor centre and the old facilities include:

A quick spin around Stonehenge (Dec 2011)

The metaphorical first turf (April 2012)

Airman’s Cross 1912–2012 (April 2012)

Visits to Stonehenge, 185 years apart (May 2012)

Stonehenge: Monumental Journey (May 2012)

And here’s another document I like (June 2012)

The Airmen take off (June 2012)

Out in Wiltshire (Sep 2012)

Stonehenge is changing (May 2013)

Spring (or is it summer?) (June 2013)

Digging up the A344 (June 2013)

A344 memories: Real archaeology at Stonehenge, as work continues to remove the road and car park (Aug 2013)

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5 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Stonehenge News and Information and commented:
    Opening tomorrow. 18th December 2013

    December 17, 2013 at 8:51 am

  2. Neil Wiseman

    Once again, Mike, thanks for your fantastic contributions. You make it possible for those of us in far-off lands to intimately follow the progress of this long-overdue upgrade to the Stonehenge ‘Visitor’s Experience’.

    ND Wiseman

    December 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    • mikepitts

      Thanks Neil, that’s very much my intention with these posts. There’s a real sense of excitement down at Stonehenge now.

      December 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

  3. it looks spacious, Light and well presented..I will have to take a closer look, thank you for the stunning photographs..

    December 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  4. Welcome to the latest edition to the Stonehenge Cash Cow. A lot of it at my expense, and other investigators who have been sucked in by the Stonehenge charade; I might add! Tom Flowers

    December 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

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