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It’s inevitable that major changes to the physical environment of Stonehenge will also involve a radical re-think of how it’s managed. Not that you’d realise that from the recent headlines – those seem to suggest managing the place involves only one thing …

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Those headlines must be irksome for EH. The new Stonehenge General Manager will have massive responsibilities. (Although if the world thinks a small minority of people are the dominant stakeholders in Britain’s national icon EH have no-one to blame but themselves!). We should stress we’re not anti-Druid though – if they wish to celebrate solstice at Stonehenge good luck to them. But the trouble is the Druids say there are often only a dozen or two actual Druids there together with tens of thousands of others comprising pagans, pagans-of-convenience and party-goers in proportions unknown (but suspected). Again, we’re not anti-solstice-celebrations, but we’re anti-overcrowding, clambering on the stones and treating the place disrespectfully. So we’re pleased to note some clues below the headlines that suggest EH agree:

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None of that can be achieved without changes. It will be fascinating to see what EH has in mind. Our own idea is this: https://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/time-to-rethink-the-annual-free-bash-at-stonehenge/ . It costs only £2 per participant (the cost of a bit of food) so it’s economical as well as respectful and maybe even authentic – what’s not to like?

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