Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust

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

18/05/2020
Stonehenge Alliance

Stonehenge Alliance

Notice circulated to members of the Avebury Society, remembering Ewart Holmes, former Chair and champion of the Avebury Society and the World Heritage Site. The Stonehenge Alliance will miss him.

Ewart, who died at home in Avebury on 30th April 2020, was elected Chairman of the Avebury Society at its foundation in 1994 and served the Society in that position until 2002 and again more recently, being its Vice-chairman for many of the years in between. He and his family moved to Avebury in the late eighties from Marlborough where Ewart had chaired the Marlborough Civic Society.

A highly respected architect and town planner, Ewart took on the role of Chair while working as Town Planner and Conservation Officer for Swindon Borough Council, following previous wide experience in private practice as an architect, new town and local authority work, the production of development plans, and the conservation of buildings, townscapes and the countryside.

Evidence of his architectural and design skills can be found not just in Swindon but in many buildings and homes in Avebury, Ogbourne, Marlborough, Bristol and France.

His knowledge, talents, insights and expertise could not have been more appropriate for and helpful to our Civic Society. He had taken a leading role for the Society during the development of the Avebury Local Plan (1992) and worked on our responses to later local and county plans, the Avebury Conservation Area Statement, and the successive National Trust plans and World Heritage Site Management Plans produced over the years. Skilled at visualising the bigger picture as well as being able to hone in on fine detail, Ewart appeared for the Society at Public Inquiries into A303 developments and the new visitor-centre at Stonehenge, always conscious of the potential impact on Avebury of major developments in the other half of our World Heritage Site. In the last few months, he has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the A303, and he advised on a letter from the Society to welcome Keir Starmer in his new post just days before he died.

Ewart also responded for the Society, when appropriate, to planning applications within the Avebury area, often making valuable suggestions for improvements which were then implemented. Ewart’s expertise, good humour and gently persuasive approach will be greatly missed, not only by the Society and his many friends but also by the many others with whom he worked. His enthusiasm for our Society and its role was infectious. His judgement was highly respected, especially his understanding of the importance of keeping in touch with and involving others and working together for mutual benefit in community concerns.

His loss will be keenly felt, not just by the Avebury Society, his family and his friends, but by all those concerned with the well-being and protection of the village and the World Heritage Site.

13/04/2020
www.hobnobpress.co.uk

Local Historian John Chandler has published a new book on Salisbury and made it available free to download through hobnob press. Your can download it here..http://www.hobnobpress.co.uk/app/download/12263357/Salisbury+history+free+download.pdf

19/02/2020

As the Stonehenge Alliance & Tom Holland prepare to deliver a monumental petition to the Prime Minister @10DowningStreet to prevent the eye watering destruction of #Stonehenge hydro-geology with a non-#NetZero desecrating concrete tunnel, please watch & share this reference from Salisbury Catherdal yesterday. It was this trust that raised the concern originally.

St Mary and St Melor, Friday 17th January 2020 - urgent action required to save this historic building.
17/01/2020

St Mary and St Melor, Friday 17th January 2020 - urgent action required to save this historic building.

Today we took a close look at the roof of St Mary and St Melor - Amesbury’s parish church steeped in history and sadly i...
17/01/2020
Urgent repairs for our Church roof

Today we took a close look at the roof of St Mary and St Melor - Amesbury’s parish church steeped in history and sadly in need of urgent work to prevent its collapse. How it has managed to get to the state it’s in without being identified earlier is of concern and will no doubt raise many questions in the future, however it’s preservation is now critically important. We support all efforts to secure parochial and other funding and would welcome any of our supporters to help through the just giving site below.
We will post separately pictures of the timber this morning. This is not just a patch the roof repair needed it is major work as the structural timbers are now rotten through water being allowed to penetrate the lead work over a long period.

Amesburys oldest building is crumbling. The lead roof is no longer watertight. The five-hundred-year-old roof beams need replacing. The walls need re-sealing against the damp.

23/12/2019

A Free Flowing Artesian Borehole appears at #Blickmead through @HighwaysEngland tests for water levels and could now jeopardise the #A303tunnel project & create a headache for contractors quoting the desecrating scheme #Stonehenge @PINSgov @EnvAgency @SaveStonehenge @holland_tom

This morning the Solstice Lantern was returned to Stonehenge & in a magical moment at precisely 8.07am the candle exting...
22/12/2019

This morning the Solstice Lantern was returned to Stonehenge & in a magical moment at precisely 8.07am the candle extinguished itself having been kept alight throughout the night. Thank you to everyone who joined us with the Solstice lantern procession #happysolstice #midwinter

The ninth Solstice lantern lighting and procession took place tonight at Amesbury and despite the horrendous weather alm...
21/12/2019

The ninth Solstice lantern lighting and procession took place tonight at Amesbury and despite the horrendous weather almost 200 people turned out to celebrate what is likely to be a 5000 year old tradition.

Lanterns available at Kraft Crazy until about 4.30pm today
21/12/2019

Lanterns available at Kraft Crazy until about 4.30pm today

21st December 2019 Mid Winter Lantern Procession details

At about 3.45pm today, the Solstice Lantern will be lit capturing the last embers of light at Stonehenge by this years Solstice fairy Rachel Hosier. It will then transfer the light to Blick Mead. At 5pm a procession of light bearers will leave the central car park in Amesbury and walk to Amesbury Abbey where they will find the lantern, form a circle around it and celebrate the end of the dark nights with mulled wine, mince pies, chocolates and festive cheer!
The lantern will he kept alight throughout the night and returned and extinguished at Stonehenge as day breaks.

Please note. The weather today is predicted to be very wet - so please dress accordingly and bring appropriate footwear. The final siting of the solstice lantern will be determined by the ground conditions and may be at the Abbey itself.

Happy Solstice everyone!

21st December 2019 Mid Winter Lantern Procession details At about 3.45pm today, the Solstice Lantern will be lit  captur...
21/12/2019

21st December 2019 Mid Winter Lantern Procession details

At about 3.45pm today, the Solstice Lantern will be lit capturing the last embers of light at Stonehenge by this years Solstice fairy Rachel Hosier. It will then transfer the light to Blick Mead. At 5pm a procession of light bearers will leave the central car park in Amesbury and walk to Amesbury Abbey where they will find the lantern, form a circle around it and celebrate the end of the dark nights with mulled wine, mince pies, chocolates and festive cheer!
The lantern will he kept alight throughout the night and returned and extinguished at Stonehenge as day breaks.

Please note. The weather today is predicted to be very wet - so please dress accordingly and bring appropriate footwear. The final siting of the solstice lantern will be determined by the ground conditions and may be at the Abbey itself.

Happy Solstice everyone!

Here’s a great opportunity to buy a calendar with the most amazing Stonehenge photos you are likely to ever see...
21/11/2019

Here’s a great opportunity to buy a calendar with the most amazing Stonehenge photos you are likely to ever see...

Calendar update 😊
For my remaining calendars i'm giving away 2 free A4 images 🤗
The recent Beaver Moon setting and one of the 2 images of the Sturgeon Moon rising 🌙
Available in single, double and 5 pack :)
Please feel free to purchase direct via messaging direct or on E-bay
Single purchase https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153614254223
2 pack https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153712170897
5 pack https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/153712169822
Please feel free to share, it would really help me out 🤗

Delighted to have Amesbury Rotary Innovation club assisting with this year’s Solstice Lantern Procession. A great group ...
19/11/2019

Delighted to have Amesbury Rotary Innovation club assisting with this year’s Solstice Lantern Procession. A great group of like minded people doing all they can to support a great community.

We are delighted to share the details of this year’s (9th) Stonehenge Amesbury Blick Mead lantern procession. We will collect the last embers of light at Stonehenge on Mid-Winters Eve (21st December) with the Solstice lantern with this years Solstice Fairy and bring the light to Blick Mead. Participants will gather as dusk falls in the Central car park and be led at 5pm to the warm springs via Amesbury Abbey where the Cornelius Reid Family will provide a welcome stop with mince pies, mulled wine, chocolates and soft drinks.
Please note - we must have names of participants taking part, everyone must wear appropriate clothing, appreciate that there are risks of trips on uneven ground and must not use naked flames or bright torches.
Lanterns are available and you can sign up at the Amesbury Filling Station, Kraft Crazy and A Date With Thyme.
Please register before 14th December.

We are delighted to share the details of this year’s (9th) Stonehenge Amesbury Blick Mead lantern procession. We will co...
15/11/2019

We are delighted to share the details of this year’s (9th) Stonehenge Amesbury Blick Mead lantern procession. We will collect the last embers of light at Stonehenge on Mid-Winters Eve (21st December) with the Solstice lantern with this years Solstice Fairy and bring the light to Blick Mead. Participants will gather as dusk falls in the Central car park and be led at 5pm to the warm springs via Amesbury Abbey where the Cornelius Reid Family will provide a welcome stop with mince pies, mulled wine, chocolates and soft drinks.
Please note - we must have names of participants taking part, everyone must wear appropriate clothing, appreciate that there are risks of trips on uneven ground and must not use naked flames or bright torches.
Lanterns are available and you can sign up at the Amesbury Filling Station, Kraft Crazy and A Date With Thyme.
Please register before 14th December.

If you ever wondered why we objected so much to the @HighwaysEngland #A303Stonehenge #StonehengeTunnel & the desecration...
01/11/2019

If you ever wondered why we objected so much to the @HighwaysEngland #A303Stonehenge #StonehengeTunnel & the desecration it would cause to Blick Mead at the @PINSgov hearings, please share & tune into this documentary next week with @exploreralbert and you will understand why.

This year’s very special solstice lantern parade from the Central car park to Blick Mead will take place on Saturday 21s...
30/10/2019

This year’s very special solstice lantern parade from the Central car park to Blick Mead will take place on Saturday 21st December 2019 setting off at 5.15pm. Please note. Lanterns must NOT contain naked flames.

30/10/2019
National Geographic TV

If you have ever wondered why we make such a fuss about the importance of Blick Mead and the risk it is under with the plans for the A303, set your timers to watch this when it broadcasts later in the month...

Albert Yu-Min Lin, Ph.D. and crew really have to dig deep to find evidence of the auroch at Blick Mead.

Another nail in the coffin for the disastrous Stonehenge Tunnel - smart lane plans...
25/10/2019
BBC South

Another nail in the coffin for the disastrous Stonehenge Tunnel - smart lane plans...

Smart motorways are to be reviewed following concerns over driver safety, the transport secretary has said.

16/10/2019
Amesbury History Centre

Sadly this morning, the contractors demolishing the old history centre appear to have thrown away the amazing pictorial timeline of Amesbury which the towns regeneration partnership had made back in 2012. These were a work of art and should not have been destroyed.

Goodbye Melor Hall. This former Church hall served the Amesbury History Centre well since 2011. Please share your memories of the Melor Hall with us below.

Blick Mead
04/10/2019

Blick Mead

Aurochs hoof prints, the Ice Age, the Blick Mead springs & why Stonehenge is here....@andyrt Andy Rhind-Tutt will be pre...
12/09/2019

Aurochs hoof prints, the Ice Age, the Blick Mead springs & why Stonehenge is [email protected] Andy Rhind-Tutt will be presenting the story so far to the U3A during Wilton History Festival on 20th September at 2pm.

This will no doubt create some issues for many travellers...
08/09/2019

This will no doubt create some issues for many travellers...

Up to 13 feet of the Drove has been removed at Larkhill end and the land ploughed.

If the scheme to build a tunnel through the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is  approved in coming weeks Winterbourne ...
21/08/2019

If the scheme to build a tunnel through the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge is approved in coming weeks Winterbourne Stoke will get a permanent later sunrise as the Eastern landscape is altered significantly in height. Here’s the before and after!

A glimmer of light shines on Stonehenge as MP’s start to realise what a big mistake supporting a tunnel at Stonehenge ha...
03/07/2019
Stonehenge road tunnel scheme needs funding assurance by end of year – MPs

A glimmer of light shines on Stonehenge as MP’s start to realise what a big mistake supporting a tunnel at Stonehenge has been..... https://www.itv.com/news/2019-07-03/stonehenge-road-tunnel-scheme-needs-funding-assurance-by-end-of-year-mps/

A project to build a road tunnel near Stonehenge will be at risk unless funding uncertainty is resolved before 2020, a watchdog has said.The Commons’ Public Accounts Committee (PAC) urged the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England to plan for what alternative financial arrangements co...

Queen Eleanor of Provence, 20 x grandmother of HM Queen Elizabeth II died this day in 1291. Her unmarked grave sits alon...
24/06/2019

Queen Eleanor of Provence, 20 x grandmother of HM Queen Elizabeth II died this day in 1291. Her unmarked grave sits alongside the #Stonehenge World Heritage site at Amesbury, about to be desecrated by @A303Stonehenge Hopefully @PINSgov will do the right thing.

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-Tutt...
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.

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hi i am trying to get intouch with a Barry Bishop is he part of your group ?
Hi, I hope this is of interest to your page visitors. SUMMER SOLSTICE @ STONEHENGE - A STEP FORWARD. For some years we* have been trying to get EH to agree to us* fund raising for things which will enhance the Summer Solstice for All. Having successfully used Just Giving for my book I suggested to Rollo, and a number of other EH attendees (from our side*) that we* put forward to EH the idea that we crowd fund to pay for the costs of having the very successful stage at the Summer Solstice. It came as a great shock to all RT Members including EH when we discovered that in previous years just one wonderful benefactor has funded the stage out of his pension. This is the first time EH has agreed that 'we' can have a fund raiser which does mention 'Stonehenge' and 'Summer Solstice'. This is a massive step forward. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROJECT If it goes successfully there is no reason why it cannot be repeated and expanded to further improve visitors' experiences. So if you want a better experience then please support this project with both donations and by sharing it as widly as possible across all Social Media Platforms. This appeal is in Rollo's name because of all those involved in setting up this funding page he seemed the most approriate to be the named individual, as required by Just Giving. * We/Us = The people who go to the Round Table at our own expense and are not paid by any company/group/organisation to attend.
Lantern walk to Bick Mead
Excerpt from a project submitted to the Brooklyn Art Library by the artist Lucy Byng.
recently completed painting of Gilbert Insall discovering Woodhenge, by Terry Grace