Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Forum on Wiltshire's White Horses

Following on from the success of our White Horses Day School and the continuing appeal of our Summer exhibition White Horses and Hill Figures a special one day forum has been organised.

The forum will consist of illustrated talks on the county’s chalk figures, by many of the experts, societies and groups that research and look after the county’s chalk figures. Topics for the forum, which is aimed at inspiring and informing anyone interested in the subject, will include the creation, design, history, associated folklore, maintenance and surrounding landscape of the chalk figures.

It is hoped the forum will lead to the formation of a Wiltshire White Horses and Hill Figures network and research group led by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS), which will aim to promote the understanding and appreciation of Wiltshire’s chalk figures to the wider public.

Tickets for the forum, which is open to all and runs from 10am to 4pm, on Saturday 11 September 2010, cost £5 (£3 for WANHS members) and pre-booking is essential. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/events/index.php?Action=2&thID=551&prev=1, or from Wiltshire Heritage Museum on 01380 727369 (10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday) or wanhs@wiltshireheritage.org.uk.

The Museum’s Exhibition Officer, Jenna Spellane, said “The Wiltshire White Horses and Hill Figures Forum accompanies the exciting major exhibition White Horses and Hill Figures currently on show at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum (until 3 October 2010). The exhibition, a fascinating and visually stunning exploration of the chalk figures of Wiltshire and beyond, has been hugely successful, attracting visitors from all over Wiltshire as well as from all over Britain and the world. Featured are historical items and ephemera, photography, artwork, ceramics and poetry created by local, national and international artists in addition to stunning aerial photographs by Last Refuge Ltd. The forum promises to be a very informative event for anyone interested in the county’s chalk figures.”

Usual Museum admission charges apply.