thinking about archaeology

The metaphorical first turf

I’m reproducing this short document in full because of its symbolism. It’s the metaphorical first turf, the public face of the start of work on the new Stonehenge visitor centre. As it says, planning permission is there for the buildings and road changes, and they’ve got the money. It’s really going to happen!

So coming up:

May/June 2012

Work starts at Airman’s Cross

September 2012

Work starts at Longbarrow roundabout (Winterbourne Stoke)

March 2013

A344 east of Stonehenge closed

Spring 2013

Prototypes for the three “neolithic houses” for the visitor centre to be built at Old Sarum

October 2013

New centre opens at Airman’s Cross

Present facilities by Stonehenge closed and landscaping starts

Spring 2014

Done

I know many people interested in these changes will not be able to be at Stonehenge, so I’ll do my best to post photos here as work progresses.

Meanwhile, you’ll note the announcement of a “Special exhibition” at the end of the leaflet. As the bloke who wrote the script, I can endorse those words, it’s going to be small but well worth the visit! I’ll say more about it nearer the opening.

Before that, in a few days, I’ll be writing about another exhibit that’s certain to get megalith obsessives talking. I’m sworn to secrecy about it, but you can get an idea of what might be coming from this post by the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Watch this blog on April 20.

2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on The Heritage Trust.

    April 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  2. I have an original postcard of the crash at Airman’s corner if anyone wants a copy. – There is a scan of it here – http://www.sarsen.org/2012/04/airmans-cross-accident.html

    April 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

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