Saturday, 12 July 2014

Discover the Heritage and Landscape of the Nadder Valley

 If you live, work or are planning a visit to the Nadder Valley this website is a hugely useful resource for learning about what makes this area special and discovering all about the fascinating places to stay, things to do and activities to enjoy.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Grand Opening of Wessex Gallery at Salisbury Museum

Anthropologist and BBC TV Coast and Origins of Us presenter Professor Alice Roberts, will open Salisbury Museum’s new world-class Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at its Grand Opening in The Close on Saturday, 12 July from 10am to 4pm. The new £2.4 million Wessex Gallery, will house one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts including the Amesbury Archer - popularly dubbed the ‘King of Stonehenge’ and the Wardour Hoard

The Day of Archaeology 2014 is here! #dayofarch

They are looking for people working, studying or volunteering in the archaeological world to participate with us in a “Day of Archaeology” in July 2014.  The resulting Day of Archaeology website will (and already does!) demonstrate the wide variety of work our profession undertakes day-to-day across the globe, and help to raise public awareness of the relevance and importance of archaeology to the modern world.

Make sure you check out the Cecil Beaton at Home exhibition at Salisbury Museum

Following sellout shows on Whistler and Constable, Salisbury Museum presents an innovative biographical view of legendary designer, photographer and artist, Sir Cecil Beaton, through his two Wiltshire homes. Simultaneously a retreat, an inspiration and a stage for impressive entertaining, they also fuelled his passion for gardening and delight in village life.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Stonehenge exhibition and visitor centre opened

December 2013. This is the first phase in English Heritage’s £27 million project to transform the visitor experience. 
Visitors will now be able to see original objects used in the construction of Stonehenge, alongside other objects connected with the Neolithic and Bronze Age eras. A special exhibition tells the story of the changing understanding of Stonehenge over centuries. A 360-degree virtual experience allows visitors to ‘stand in the stones’ via a three-minute film, based on state-of-the-art laser scan images of the stone circle. This film will also transport the viewer back in time through the millennia and enable them to experience the summer and winter solstices. Work to demolish the existing facilities and car park and return the area to grass will begin imminently. The restoration of the landscape around Stonehenge will be completed by the summer of 2014.
For visits from the 1st February 2014, entrance to Stonehenge will be managed through timed tickets and advance booking is recommended. For opening hours and online booking, visit the English Heritage website here

Source Heritage Alliance Heritage Update 269

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Volunteer Opportunities

At the start of its 20th anniversary year, Heritage Open Days is delighted to offer some exciting new volunteer roles with the national team.

Heritage Open Days is the foremost annual festival for heritage and culture in England attracting over 2 million visitors last year. So this is a great opportunity to get involved, gain relevant work experience and learn more about the sector:  the anniversary event assistant (internship) will play a key role in planning and coordinating the celebrations for HODs birthday; the social media volunteer will help to develop and manage social media platforms.

The roles are partly office based, partly home based. The friendly team will provide induction and guidance throughout the placement.

To find out more about the roles on offer and how to apply, please visit
Application closing date: noon, Monday 27th January

Source Heritage Update 269: Heritage Alliance

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wiltshire Archaeology and Conservation Fair Sunday 14th July 11am-4pm

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

20 local organisations are joining together to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to find out about archaeology in Wiltshire at this
FREE event hosted by Wiltshire Council’s Archaeology and Conservation teams, which is part of the British Festival of Archaeology. County Archaeologist Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger says "There will be something for everyone at this exciting event - activities for children; careers advice; volunteering opportunities; real objects to handle and a chance to hear about the latest finds, surveys and excavations in the county."

Those considering a career in archaeology can find out about work experience placements and courses, talk to people who are self-employed, work for large archaeological units and work for Wiltshire Council in a range of roles. They can find out about related careers in museum archaeology and object conservation from people doing the job today. Why not take a tour of the conservation labs and learn more about this fascinating role, literally piecing together the past one find at a time?

An exciting programme of short talks will run throughout the day offering updates on local archaeology surveys by English Heritage, news from the First World War soldiers’ project ‘Finding the Forgotten’, advice on how to date your house and the experiences of local archaeologists.

Children and families will find lots to do at the event including games, quizzes, object handling and a practice excavation. Find out about the fun activities offered by local museums and archaeology clubs for children – and plan yourselves a summer holiday full of fun activities.

Organisations participating in this event include: English Heritage, National Trust, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, Wessex Archaeology, Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society, Young Archaeologists’ Club, Portable Antiquities Scheme, Oxford University, Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, Wiltshire Buildings Record, Bournemouth University, Finding the Forgotten, CBA Wessex, WAHNS field group, Lacock Unlocked, Wyvern Heritage, Chippenham Museum, Trowbridge Museum, Archaeological Surveys Ltd, University of Southampton, Wiltshire Council’s Archaeology and Conservation teams.

For more information and directions please visit email or call 01249 705500.