Friday, 31 July 2009

Stonehenge Family Day this Sunday!

This Sunday is one of our popular Family Days, with activities for all the family, part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Activities include

Bronze Age casting demonstrations with Neil Burridge.
Create your own Stonehenge souvenirs.
Discover and investigate archaeological artefacts.
Flint knapping demonstrations throughout the day.
Recent finds from Trowbridge Metal Detecting Club.
Fun family activities from The National Trust Stonehenge Landscape Project and Wiltshire Council Conservation Service.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

Museum at Ramsbury Village Fete

We are having a stall at Ramsbury Village Fete on Saturday afternoon - come and see us and have a go at helping us make Stonehenge!

Seeking Roman Calne Family Day

Family Day at Calne Heritage Centre tomorrow! Have a go a making your own mosaic, and many more activities!

Director welcomes inscription of Magna Carta in UNESCO Memory of the World Programme

Director David Dawson is Chair of the UNESCO UK Commission Memory of the World Working Group.

The UNESCO UK Commission press release reads
"The four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta have been awarded ‘Memory of the World’ status by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today, in recognition of their outstanding universal value. With their Inscription on the Memory of the World Register, the documents, held by the British Library, Salisbury Cathedral and Lincoln Cathedral, join the ranks of some of the world’s most significant documentary heritage.

“The four surviving copies of 1215 Magna Carta are a unique testament to the world’s rich documentary heritage,” says David Dawson, Chair of the UK Memory of the World Committee. “It is exactly these types of documents that the Memory of the World Register seeks to help preserve and promote access to.”

On 30 July, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Ko├»chiro Matsuura, approved the inscription following a recommendation by the 14-member International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World programme."

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Seeking Roman Calne exhibition opens!

The Seeking Roman Calne exhibition is now open at Calne Heritage Centre, and runs until Saturday 1st August. The exhibition features local finds from the collections of Wiltshire Heritage Museum, and the opportunity to handle some real Roman finds.

Seeking Roman Calne talk - Sam Moorhead ill

Unfortunately Sam Moorhead of the British Museum is ill, and so will be unable to give the scheduled talk tonight about Roman coin hoards in North Wiltshire. The evening will go ahead, with the official opening of the exhibition and a talk by David Dawson about teh Seeking Roman Calne project.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Stonehenge Family Day this Sunday!

This Sunday is one of our popular Family Days, with activities for all the family, part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Activities include

Bronze Age casting demonstrations with Neil Burridge.
Create your own Stonehenge souvenirs.
Discover and investigate archaeological artefacts.
Flint knapping demonstrations throughout the day.
Recent finds from Trowbridge Metal Detecting Club.
Fun family activities from The National Trust Stonehenge Landscape Project and Wiltshire Council Conservation Service.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Doug meets the Duchess! Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets museum trustee


The Museum has a stand provided by Wiltshire Council at the West Wilts Show in Trowbridge, which was opened by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall this morning. During her tour of the Show, Camilla met Doug Roseaman, Deputy Chair of the Museum and asked about how the museum was involved in the plans for a new Visitor Centre at Stonehenge.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

See the Museum at the West Wilts Show!

The Museum will be at the West Wilts Show in Trowbridge from tomorrow! We are part of the Wiltshire Council stand, working with VisitWiltshire.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Pupils turn photographers in Wiltshire Heritage Museum Stonehenge contest

Pupils from Downland School in Devizes took part in a special visit inside Stonehenge, and took part in a competition - and their stunning results have been featured on the Culture24 website.

Fyfield and Overton Downs: A Walk Through a World Heritage Landscape

Two guided walks led by Professor Peter Fowler - for adults on Saturday 25 July, and one aimed especially for children on Sunday 26 July.

For more information, see this page on the museum website.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Stonehenge Visitor Centre exhibition at Museum

We are hosting, FOR THREE DAYS ONLY, English Heritage's exhibition about the selected location for the new visitor facilities at Stonehenge.

It was recently announced that Airman's Cross had been chosen as the location for new visitor facilities at Stonehenge. Details of the new site, and proposals for the closure of the A344 are outlined in the exhibition.

Come along and let English Heritage have your view on the proposals.

Details of the proposals can also be viewed at www.stonehengevisitorcentre.org.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Stonehenge - the good, the bad, and the ugly ...

This Saturday sees the special lecture by Julian Richards linked to the 'Inspired by Stonehenge' exhibition at the Museum with an opportunity to view the exhibition and meet Julian.

Julian is an avid collector of souvenirs depicting Stonehenge - from the tasteful to the hideous! This talk and the exhibition at the Museum are drawn from his varied and eclectic collection.

Beyond the standard postcard views the image of Stonehenge has appeared on everything from souvenir china (ranging from tasteful to hideous); on jigsaw puzzles and toasting forks, on paperweights and even on Japanese phone cards. Couple these with guidebooks from 1823 onwards, the extraordinary artistic offerings of the Festival era in the 1970s and 80s and some very odd articles of clothing and these souvenirs can quite literally be divided into 'the good, the bad and the ugly'.

Stonehenge has even inspired music, from jazz to heavy rock, folk and quite frankly strange.

Julian Richards is a well-known archaeologist and broadcaster. He has worked for Wessex Archaeology, AC Archaeology and English Heritage and during the 1980s ran the ‘Stonehenge Environs Project’. His television credits include Meet the Ancestors and Blood of the Vikings and he continues to work on the BBC Radio 4 series Mapping the Town. He is a member of the Society of Antiquaries and the Institute of Field Archaeologists.

Tickets are still available, and can be booked online!!!

Archaeology Symposium - Mixed Ingredients

The programme of the Archaeology Symposium, to be held in Devizes on Saturday 14 November, is starting to be firmed up!

The Symposium will be titled 'Mixed Ingredients: creating partnerships for an integrated approach to the Historic Environment'. It will examine current and potential projects and policies which promote the protection, promotion and participation in the Historic Environment. Presentations will cover scientific collaboration, activities for young people, estate management, local volunteer groups, archaeological archives, outcomes of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the repatriation of human remains debate and World Heritage Site issues, including the proposed new Visitor Centre at Stonehenge.

The programme is being developed by Gill Swanton, chair of the Archaeology Committee of the Society, and Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, the County Archaeologist.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Hoard of Bronze Age axes goes on display



Discovered in 1999 and dating to 1000-800 BC these axes were found in a field near Marlborough. They may have been buried by a travelling metalworker for use at a later date or for safekeeping in times of trouble. Alternatively they may have been a gift to the gods - putting valuable objects into the ground meant they were beyond the reach of mortals.

The award for the most tasteless object goes to ...


Visitors to the Inspired by Stonehenge exhibition are asked to vote for the most tasteless object in the exhibition. The clear winner so far is a green pottery shoe, with a transfer of Stonehenge! Hear more about the wierd and wonderful souvenirs from Stonehenge at the talk by Stonehenge expert Julian Richards on Saturday! More information and online booking, follow this link.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Celebration of the Wierd and Wonderful - talk by Julian RIchards

Stonehenge expert Julian Richards will be sharing his enthusiasm for the wierd and wonderful objects inspired by Stonehenge at a talk on 27 July . More information and online booking, follow this link.

Lunchtime lecture - Devizes Cheesecakes

Dave Buxton will be talking about Devizes cheescakes at what looks as though it will be a very popular lecture! There will even be free samples! The talk is Wednesday 8 July at 1pm, cost £2.50.