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New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 7 – for “gathering around” in the winter?

As this series has shown, we like the idea of Stonehenge as a gathering place, but the form of such gatherings remains a matter for debate, particularly with regard to winter solstice gatherings as their nature has been changing. Until recently just a few hundred people would attend and they’d all be highly respectful, but […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 6 – using it as intended!

Recent laser scanning provides strong evidence the Stonehenge builders made great efforts to enhance the view of the midwinter solstice sunset for those approaching along the Avenue from the north east. The largest, most uniform uprights were put there and surfaces facing that way were finely dressed. According to Professor Clive Ruggles the effect would […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 5: the annual lantern procession along The Avenue

Here is the FIFTH possibility (see our original article in which we asked for ideas. More please.) OK, it’s not quite new (it will be held a second time on 20th December 2012 ) but it’s so good we just had to mention it. A while back someone put in a Freedom of Information request to […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 4: Local events

Here is the FOURTH  possible suggestion (see our original article in which we asked for ideas. Please feel free to suggest more.) Returning to the inclusivity theme, couldn’t the needs and wishes of the local community be catered for at Stonehenge? After all, it is they that put up with extra traffic and disruption, arent they […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 3: National Celebrations!

Here is the THIRD possible suggestion we’ve had. (See our original article in which we asked for ideas. Please feel free to suggest more.) What more appropriate than that moments of great national celebration should take place at our national icon? New Year… Royal occasions… Famous birthdays… The Olympics (a bit late with that one). Massive […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used, No. 2: The Annual Stonehenge Festival of fire!

Here is the second possible suggestion we’ve had. (See our original article in which we asked for ideas. Please feel free to suggest more.) English Heritage were clearly delighted with the recent Fire Garden event (see the video here). No wonder. Everyone that attended loved it, no risks were taken and had they charged admission it […]

New ways Stonehenge could be used: No.1, Kites!

Here is the first possible suggestion we’ve had for using Stonehenge more extensively. See our original article here in which we asked for ideas. More please!

#Stonehenge decision due next week?

A petition against the planned tunnel at Stonehenge, containing over 50,000 signatures, was handed in at Downing Street last month. The (final?) decision now rests with the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps who has until the spring to announce his decision. However, it is thought that a decision could well be announced in […]

Stonehenge: why all the current “value for money” talk is meaningless.

The Treasury is having doubts about whether the Stonehenge tunnel scheme is value for money. But in truth the calculations are meaningless anyway for no-one can convert cultural gain (or loss) into measurable money terms. Hence, when the National Audit Office says the project will deliver “£1.15 of quantified benefit for every £1 spent” and […]

Stonehenge: hired words versus facts.

In 2018 there was a clear sign of how the three Establishment conservation bodies intended to approach the Stonehenge short tunnel: “Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage welcome the work done by Highways England on the design of the proposed A303 road at Stonehenge” and the options put forward “go a long way […]