Wiltshire's crop circles not just work of mankind, Devizes exhibition claims (From This Is Wiltshire)
Wiltshire's crop circles not just work of mankind, Devizes exhibition claims
A new exhibition on crop circles at Wiltshire Museum in Devizes claims the formations are not all man made.
The multi-media exhibition features a selection of high quality photos of some of the most intricate and perplexing crop circles of recent years.
There is also footage and interactive map-displays about the history, facts, research, theories and ideas regarding the crop circle phenomenon.
The exhibition was curated and compiled by Monique Klinkenbergh, of Holland, who co-founded the Crop Circle Access Pass Scheme and Centre in Wiltshire, together with long term crop circle researcher Andreas Muller, of Germany, with contributions and support by many other national and international researchers.
“Our exhibition features the not man-made aspect of crop circles. We present evidence and background facts. Since 1991 the subject was mostly presented as the result of the work of two elderly hoaxers, Dough and Dave," said Ms Klinkenbergh and Mr Muller.
“With the exhibition in Wiltshire Museum we like to set some records straight.”
Ms Klinkenbergh said she cannot explain how crop circles occur, saying: “Regarding who or what I wish I could give the answer.
“So far it remains a mystery what force is able to create these patterns (the unexplained ones).
“At the exhibition we have created a display board with all kinds of different theories. I often do reconnaissance flights in the early morning and, in two cases, there was no formation when I left, but one when I returned. In other words a day formation. It really makes you think 'what is going on?' ”
Mr Muller said the history of crop circles dates back much longer than the late 1970s.
He said: “We can find descriptions of what one would call today ‘crop circles’ already in undated fairy tales and folklore. First documents described ‘crop circles’ already in the 16th and 17th century and in 1880 the scientific journal Nature described crop circles in Surrey.”
This summer Wiltshire Museum also hosts the Crop Circle Access Centre that provides the latest information about accessible formations. The centre includes a cinema corner featuring quadcopter videos, a library corner, free use of computers and wifi-connections.
Ms Klinkenbergh said visitors can buy a Crop Circle Access Pass, enabling them to visit the latest formations safe in the knowledge that the farmer has given permission and that they will be welcome in the field.
The pass costs £10 for the whole season and can be bought online or at Wiltshire Museum, Sticks and Stones at the Woodborough Garden Centre and Faux Art in Marlborough.
The latest information about accessible crop circles will be also available through the website www.cropcircleaccess.com and the free App for Android and Apple smartphones.
Entry to the museum is £5. People who want to revisit the Crop Circle Access Centre in the museum will receive a return ticket.