Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust

Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust Museum and Heritage Trust - preserving, educating and promoting Amesbury's rich Heritage

Founded by The Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust for Historic Amesbury - The Home of Stonehenge See our exhibitions and work in various locations around the Town telling the story of Amesbury's Mesolithic, Royal Medieval and Roman past and The History of Flight and Amesbury's Military connections.

Our Chairman @andyrt makes valid comments in this report about the disastrous Stonehenge Tunnel...
21/05/2019
Salisbury Journal

Our Chairman @andyrt makes valid comments in this report about the disastrous Stonehenge Tunnel...

Thoughts?

8 Mayors of Amesbury together at today’s civic service. Richard Crook Jan Swindlehurst Fred Westmoreland Andy Rhind-Tu...
13/04/2019

8 Mayors of Amesbury together at today’s civic service. Richard Crook Jan Swindlehurst Fred Westmoreland Andy Rhind-Tutt Ian Mitchell John Bright John Swindlehurst Margaret Strange

Many congratulations to Lt Col Craig Palmer on his bravery award. Many Amesbury people will remember Craig & 32 Regiment...
06/04/2019
Army Tube bomb hero wins bravery award

Many congratulations to Lt Col Craig Palmer on his bravery award. Many Amesbury people will remember Craig & 32 Regiment who actively supported our Chair & 2011-12 Mayor Andy Rhind-Tutt founding this charity, walking to Preseli to obtain a bluestone for the future museum, the inaugural lantern parade and bringing Sir Geoff Hurst to Amesbury for the Amesbury 2012 medal presentations when the Olympic torch came through the Town.

Craig will be on BBC red sofa at 9.40am today.

Parsons Green Tube bombing: Army hero wins bravery award https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47833696

Lt Col Craig Palmer walked towards the bomb to gather evidence after the 2017 Parsons Green attack.

Sadly this isn’t an April Fool. This is actually how Amesbury could look if the disastrous #A303 #stonehengetunnel is ...
01/04/2019

Sadly this isn’t an April Fool. This is actually how Amesbury could look if the disastrous #A303 #stonehengetunnel is built.

Dr David Field’s representation to the planning Inspectorate about the disastrous plans to destroy the World Heritage ...
19/02/2019
Stonehenge Alliance

Dr David Field’s representation to the planning Inspectorate about the disastrous plans to destroy the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is worth reading here....

The compelling Representation submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by retired field archaeologist, Dr David Field, stands out for its elucidation about the ancient fields next to the A303: "It is now clear that systems of ancient fields dating at least to the Middle Bronze Age and probably much earlier flank the present A303 at the western end of the WHS and the settlement from which these were farmed is likely to exist within the A303 corridor," he says. Dr Field concludes that the "zone thus becomes of enormous importance in realising the social mechanics of the communities that built Stonehenge."
Read his Relevant Representation in full here: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-west/a303-stonehenge/?ipcsection=relreps&ipcsearch=historic+england&ipcpagesize=10&relrep=34151

An illustration of the prehistoric field boundaries close to Longbarrow roundabout which will be severed by the A303 Expressway was found in an article entitled "The Early Field Systems of the Stonehenge Landscape"by Roberts D et al (2018) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14662035.2018.1429719
Click on the map below (by Linford et al (2015)) to view field boundary markings in full.
https://www.tandfonline.com/na101/home/literatum/publisher/tandf/journals/content/ylan20/2017/ylan20.v018.i02/14662035.2018.1429719/20180406/images/large/ylan_a_1429719_f0009_c.jpeg

The battle for the future of the Stonehenge World Heritage site and all it was meant to be....
08/02/2019
The battle for the future of Stonehenge

The battle for the future of the Stonehenge World Heritage site and all it was meant to be....

The long read: Britain’s favourite monument is stuck in the middle of a bad-tempered row over road traffic

Winter at Blick Mead, Amesbury, the cradle of Stonehenge. See why this place was so sacred & special after the Ice Age &...
03/02/2019

Winter at Blick Mead, Amesbury, the cradle of Stonehenge. See why this place was so sacred & special after the Ice Age & how it brought our Mesolithic ancestors here.

Current Archaeology publish a review of the first monograph of the exploration of Blick Mead -cradle of Stonehenge in th...
23/01/2019
Review – Blick Mead: exploring the ‘first place’ in the Stonehenge landscape - Current Archaeology

Current Archaeology publish a review of the first monograph of the exploration of Blick Mead -cradle of Stonehenge in their latest magazine...

This is a well-rounded and readable account of research undertaken at Blick Mead, and one that undeniably establishes the site’s importance in adding to our understanding of the British Mesolithic, and of the wider Stonehenge landscape. Recollections from some of the project volunteers, which are ...

16/01/2019

Dear @highwaysengland could you explain why the “community” meeting you are holding at the Holiday Inn Amesbury tonight appears yet again to be biased to supporters of the #stonehengetunnel & not involve key stakeholders who are most affected by the disastrous plans you have.

Here are some great photos of tonight’s Solstice lantern procession to Blick Mead. By Jeff Welch (with thanks).
21/12/2018

Here are some great photos of tonight’s Solstice lantern procession to Blick Mead. By Jeff Welch (with thanks).

The Solstice lantern has been lit at Stonehenge - the light bearer is Gilly Clarke and the lantern is now at Blickmead a...
21/12/2018

The Solstice lantern has been lit at Stonehenge - the light bearer is Gilly Clarke and the lantern is now at Blickmead awaiting the procession

Thanks to SpireFM for sharing these details for our special Lantern procession today....lanterns are available at the Am...
21/12/2018
Spire FM

Thanks to SpireFM for sharing these details for our special Lantern procession today....lanterns are available at the Amesbury Filling Station for just £2.50 including the light unit. The event is free for everyone...see you later

There'll be plenty of lanterns making their way from Amesbury central car park to Blick Mead later - here's all you need to know:

Tomorrow is the very special Solstice Lantern procession from Stonehenge to Amesbury & Blick Mead. If you wish to join u...
20/12/2018

Tomorrow is the very special Solstice Lantern procession from Stonehenge to Amesbury & Blick Mead. If you wish to join us meet at the Central car park Amesbury at 5pm.

More details about the 2018 Stonehenge and Amesbury lantern procession here: The Solstice lantern will be lit at Stonehe...
16/12/2018

More details about the 2018 Stonehenge and Amesbury lantern procession here: The Solstice lantern will be lit at Stonehenge by the 2018 Solstice Fairy (the protector of light) capturing the last embers of daylight as the sun sets. It will taken to Blick Mead where our ancestors settled after the Ice Age. The Amesbury lantern procession will leave the Central car park at 5pm and make its way to find the lantern. On the way the Cornelius Reid family at Amesbury Abbey Nursing Home will provide refreshments. When the lantern is found, the procession will circle it and the story of the Solstice celebration will be told. The lantern will keep the light until the dawn, when it will be extinguished to celebrate Mid Winters day and the light nights returning. This year the procession will be led by Professor David Jacques, The 2018 Solstice fairy will be Gillian Clarke.

11/11/2018
Army in the South West

Moving tribute #armistice100 at Stonehenge today..

Soldiers from the 14th Regiment Royal Artillery (14 Regt RA) based at Larkhill in Wiltshire, fired a 100 round salute at the world famous site of Stonehenge today, Sunday 11th November 2018, 100 years to the hour since the end of World War One.

To pay tribute to this historic event, English Heritage hosted the salute at Stonehenge, which stood at the heart of the world’s largest military training camp during the First World War, with 180,000 men stationed there at any one time, coming from across the Commonwealth to prepare for battle.

At the 11th hour a bugler sounded and visitors from all over the world fell silent and stood in reflection for the customary two minutes.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The Royal Artillery 14th Regiment Royal Artillery English Heritage Stonehenge Soldier Magazine Royal British Legion

Here's a reminder from 2013 (before the madness of a #stonehengetunnel was muted) of how special #BlickMead is https://w...
24/10/2018
Why was Stonehenge built where it was?

Here's a reminder from 2013 (before the madness of a #stonehengetunnel was muted) of how special #BlickMead is https://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2013-10-23/why-was-stonehenge-built-where-it-was/?action_object_map=%5B227511744075879%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.recommends%22%5D&fb_action_ids=10151921245168604&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline

It is a question that has haunted archaeologists and historians for generations. Why was Stonehenge built where it was? A new dig a mile away from the World Heritage site has unearthed one of Britain's largest ever stone-age settlements.

If you are interested in the Heritage of Amesbury, a visit to St Mary & St Melor church today would be worthwhile to see...
20/10/2018

If you are interested in the Heritage of Amesbury, a visit to St Mary & St Melor church today would be worthwhile to see an amazing display of history in photos. Open from 10-6pm and this is the last day.

09/10/2018
Rewriting Stonehenge's history (UCL)

Chris Grayling MP wants @Highwaysengland to build a 60mph 4 lane carriageway through #stonehenge desecrating its OUV & #blickmead the perfectly preserved archive of the birth place of Britain. Please watch this & see why this must be stopped & a bypass built instead.
https://youtu.be/RvScpdMhQNk

Professor Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology) re-evaluates the timeline of Stonehenge's construction and sheds light on how it was used. The first Stonehen...

National Trust accused of Stonehenge tunnel betrayal....
02/10/2018
National Trust accused of Stonehenge tunnel betrayal

National Trust accused of Stonehenge tunnel betrayal....

The National Trust has been accused of misleading members over the damage that the proposed tunnel near Stonehenge could wreak on the monument. The Stonehenge Alliance, a group of historians...

Stonehenge does have a traffic problem, but hiding it from the public in a #stonehengetunnel is not the solution. #a303 ...
01/10/2018
The A303 is part of the Stonehenge setting, don't bury it

Stonehenge does have a traffic problem, but hiding it from the public in a #stonehengetunnel is not the solution. #a303 #stonehenge

Stonehenge has a traffic problem. But building a £1.4bn tunnel is not the answer or in the interests of cultural heritage, argues Dan Hicks

The last Hurrah at Stonehenge....
23/08/2018

The last Hurrah at Stonehenge....

We had unrestricted access to the Stones to recreate a famous photgraph

12/08/2018
Roberts et al. Internet Archaeol. 47. Recent Investigations at Two Long Barrows and Reflections on their Context in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and Environs. Summary

Latest investigations before landscape desecrating tunnel portals at #Stonehenge highlight previously undiscovered long barrow & potential for years of research.http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue47/7/

1. Historic England, 37 Tanner Row, York YO1 6WP. *Corresponding author. Email: [email protected] 2. Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth PO4 9LD 3. Historic England, The Atrium Building, Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill, London EC4R 2YA 4. Department of Archaeology,....

08/08/2018
Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Site Friends

This is what happens when you deny free off road parking at Stonehenge. If a #stonehengetunnel is built Larkhill will become the new free viewpoint & Bulford & Shrewton will suffer.

Since Byways 11 and 12 were closed by Wiltshire Council on 12 July this year, drivers have been parking on the verge of the A303. As can be seen from this film, contrary to the impression projected by Highways England and self-interest groups, this section of the A303 is a very fast busy road even in summer and with the newly injected frequency of hazardous parking it is only a matter of time surely before there are serious accidents.

Concerns over the enclosure of Stonehenge by fencing have been raised a number of times....
06/08/2018

Concerns over the enclosure of Stonehenge by fencing have been raised a number of times....

14/07/2018
ITV Anglia

RIP RAF WW2 veteran Tom "Ginger" Neil...

He was one of the last surviving RAF aces from the Battle of Britain, but tonight the death has been announced of former Wing Commander Tom "Ginger" Neil.

12/07/2018

The A303 is closed Westbound between Zeals & Mere due to a serious trailer fire. This is the 2nd fire in 2 months just a few miles of Stonehenge. It is frightening to think this could be in a tunnel! #notunnel

Great news Internationally for #Amesbury of a new Documentary on Blick Mead from our good friend Archaeologist David Jac...
09/07/2018

Great news Internationally for #Amesbury of a new Documentary on Blick Mead from our good friend Archaeologist David Jacques.

I am very pleased to pass on that I am in advanced negotiations with Discovery Channel/ Channel 4 to make a dedicated hour long documentary on our work at Blick Mead. As part of this there will be a detailed focus on the Amesbury community and how it is helped the project. There have been so many special people in the town who have contributed and the community as a whole has been integral to the discovery. Filming should start in the autumn and the broadcast will go out across the world - it will be an international co-production.

You have a town to be proud of and we are all proud of you. I am so glad that this message will go out internationally.

09/07/2018

Delighted to have sponsored the Chubb Centenary Cricket tournament at Shrewton yesterday & meet and interview Gordon Cruise b.1923 who's mother went to school with Sir Cecil Chubb, the man who gave Stonehenge to the Nation in 1918.

07/07/2018
Secret Spitfires

Amesbury historian Norman Parker's dream comes true as he takes his first flight in a Spitfire after talking to us about them for decades! & can't resist telling the pilot he has a spare roof catch in his case!...congratulations Norman

Our cherished historian for the Secret Spitfires film, Norman Parker, had a wish for so many years. Norman was an aircraft engineer who originally worked on Wellingtons and later he was transferred over to work on Spitfires. He was in a mobile team who repaired crashed planes and later he worked in the experimental units where they developed new modifications for the Spitfire. He helped build hundreds of Spitfires but never got to fly in one..

His nickname is ParkerPedia as there's not much he doesn't know about warplanes and most importantly, unlike many, he was there building them. After a special fund raising screening of the Secret Spitfires film for the Salisbury Rugby Club, we held the usual Q&A with Norman. As always, the audience were amazed at his knowledge of aircraft and of the war itself. During the talk, it came out that even though he built so many Spitfires, he had never flown in one, which was now just a dream. Hearing this, a group of supporters got together in secret and raised funds to get a flight in a Spitfire.

A party was held 'supposedly' to thank him for his contribution and to celebrate his birthday. Norman had no idea of the 'real' plan. When he turned up, completely humbled by this gesture of thanks, he offered to give a talk to the supporters. This talk was cut short when he was presented a little card, which he thought was a birthday card, until he opened it and realised it was his dream ride. It's the first time we've seen him speechless! The ride would be held at the famous Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger who were simply brilliant, their engineers were very happy to meet our Norman and wanted to keep him.

We made a little film of the whole adventure to share this special moment and for Norman to keep :-) We are so proud to know him.

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