Stonehenge transformation work well on schedule

This Is Wiltshire: Work on the Stonehenge site is due to be completed by the end of this year Work on the Stonehenge site is due to be completed by the end of this year

Work to transform Stonehenge, which officially started on site in July last year, is progressing well.

This year, the centenary of the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act, will culminate in the opening of English Heritage’s new Stonehenge exhibition galleries and visitor centre at the end of the year.

Building work is currently taking shape at Airman’s Corner, 1.5 miles to the west and out of view of the stones, where the new galleries and facilities will be located.

The sensitively designed building will comprise two “pods” which will house museum-quality exhibitions, a spacious café with indoor and outdoor seating, a bigger shop and dedicated education space.

Main contractor Vinci Construction is about to erect a ’bird-cage’ scaffold which will be used to install the undulating canopy roof, a distinctive feature of the building’s design, while a visitor car park and coach park, with capacity for 500 and 30 vehicles respectively, have been laid out and are clearly visible.

Precious objects on loan from the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes and the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum are currently being conserved by English Heritage staff ready for display.

They will form the centrepiece of the permanent exhibition at the new building, helping to tell the story of Stonehenge in vivid detail.

Next month volunteers will help with an archaeological experiment at Old Sarum Castle near Salisbury where prototypes of Neolithic houses excavated at Durrington Walls will be built. The lessons learned from this experiment will inform the reconstruction of three Neolithic houses at the outdoor gallery of the new visitor centre in Spring 2014, offering visitors a glimpse of the lives of prehistoric people.

The A344 road between Stonehenge Bottom and Byway 12 will be closed at the end of June, once the new roundabout at Airman’s Corner is operational. Work will follow to remove the fences along this section of road and the road surface itself will be removed and grassed over.

No part of the Stonehenge operation will close while the works are being carried out, and the switchover to the new visitor centre will happen overnight. Until then, access to the existing Stonehenge car park will continue along the A344 but from the west via the A360 and Airman’s Corner.

The date of the opening at the end of 2013 will be announced later in the year.

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1:38pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Didymograptus says...

The photo shows the inflatable version of Stonehenge. Priceless!
The photo shows the inflatable version of Stonehenge. Priceless! Didymograptus
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3:50pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Mystery Mike says...

Didymograptus wrote:
The photo shows the inflatable version of Stonehenge. Priceless!
No, this whats there now. They replaced the stone one a few years back because it wasn't drawing in the crowds.
[quote][p][bold]Didymograptus[/bold] wrote: The photo shows the inflatable version of Stonehenge. Priceless![/p][/quote]No, this whats there now. They replaced the stone one a few years back because it wasn't drawing in the crowds. Mystery Mike
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5:25pm Tue 19 Feb 13

the optimist says...

Mystery Mike wrote:
Didymograptus wrote:
The photo shows the inflatable version of Stonehenge. Priceless!
No, this whats there now. They replaced the stone one a few years back because it wasn't drawing in the crowds.
Some tourists probably wouldn't notice the difference.

Not to worry though as once this is finished then even more people will go to Avebury now it is officially recognised as the second most visited attraction after Monte Alban in Mexico
[quote][p][bold]Mystery Mike[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Didymograptus[/bold] wrote: The photo shows the inflatable version of Stonehenge. Priceless![/p][/quote]No, this whats there now. They replaced the stone one a few years back because it wasn't drawing in the crowds.[/p][/quote]Some tourists probably wouldn't notice the difference. Not to worry though as once this is finished then even more people will go to Avebury now it is officially recognised as the second most visited attraction after Monte Alban in Mexico the optimist
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12:51am Wed 20 Feb 13

beetawix says...

Are there to be rotating knives?
Are there to be rotating knives? beetawix
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7:23am Wed 20 Feb 13

Laptop_Larry says...

Well at least it won't waste as much money as the one time proposed tunnel would have.
Well at least it won't waste as much money as the one time proposed tunnel would have. Laptop_Larry
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11:47am Wed 20 Feb 13

wilts@ says...

New book (and new theory about Stonehenge) is up at no #1 spot in USA book lists:

http://hingeland.blo
gspot.co.uk/2013/02/
usa-top-rank-for-sol
ving-neolithic.html

Not really relevant, but might be of interest
New book (and new theory about Stonehenge) is up at no #1 spot in USA book lists: http://hingeland.blo gspot.co.uk/2013/02/ usa-top-rank-for-sol ving-neolithic.html Not really relevant, but might be of interest wilts@
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5:05pm Wed 20 Feb 13

old 'arry says...

I can't help wondering when Stonehenge will get finished. I mean, even by local council standards, 5,000 years is a long time. And seriously, when you compare it to the Valley of the KIngs in Egypt, it is pretty crude work. Probably got the contract with the right handshake, or a brown envelope even then!
I can't help wondering when Stonehenge will get finished. I mean, even by local council standards, 5,000 years is a long time. And seriously, when you compare it to the Valley of the KIngs in Egypt, it is pretty crude work. Probably got the contract with the right handshake, or a brown envelope even then! old 'arry
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6:40pm Wed 20 Feb 13

beetawix says...

I doubt there was any planning permission - it ought to come down really.
I doubt there was any planning permission - it ought to come down really. beetawix
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12:39pm Sat 23 Feb 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

A government run tripper trap.

No mention of how much all this is costing I notice...

I'm sure it'll be worth every penny.
A government run tripper trap. No mention of how much all this is costing I notice... I'm sure it'll be worth every penny. moonrakin wurzel
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