A former United Reformed Church chapel in the centre of Avebury has been purchased by the National Trust as a space to highlight their conservation work and to engage people with the special landscapes within the World Heritage Site. Continue reading…
Historic furniture, fragile ceramics and a Victorian rocking horse are just some of the items being preserved in front of the public as part of a conservation in action programme at Lacock Abbey this spring.
Highways England has put forward initial route options for a road improvement within the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) which include a bored tunnel of at least 2.9km. These options for a potential scheme have been put to public consultation as one stage in an extensive process of pre-application engagement.
We believe that the proposals have the potential to deliver benefits for Stonehenge and its landscape, if sited and designed sensitively. Whilst the overall proposals are to be welcomed for the positive transformation which they could bring to the WHS, there are some aspects of what is currently presented in the consultation documents that will require significant improvement to ensure protection of the WHS. Continue reading…
Avebury Manor has a new House Manager, Amelia Bryan, who is bringing her fresh eyes and a can-do attitude to the National Trust house. Continue reading…
An extraordinary collection of early photographic technology and images is being transferred from the British Film Institute to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock in Wiltshire, thanks to a £36,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from Art Council England’s Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Materials (PRISM) fund.
Stourhead, a National Trust property in Wiltshire, is witnessing the first signs of autumn colour beginning to appear across the garden and wider estate.
The National Trust Wiltshire Landscape team are undertaking a survey to learn what people find special about the landscape in which the world famous stone circle sits.
This is part of a national plan to assess the qualities that visitors find important about the special places the National Trust care for. This will help them to understand people’s personal relationships with those places and ensure that they look after them in a way that safeguards that connection for the future.
The National Trust team at Stourhead has commissioned Holy Well Glass, based in Wells, to carry out repairs and conservation work to the lunette window in the library in Stourhead House.
The lunette window was painted by Francis Eginton in 1803 and is based on Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ depicting the greatest thinkers of the classical world. It was commissioned by Richard Colt Hoare and designed specifically for Stourhead.
With a large crowd expected to descend on Avebury for the summer Solstice, the National Trust has appealed to those wanting to celebrate to consider using public transport and to plan their trip well in advance.
A sculpture workshop hosted by the National Trust and local artists the ‘Scraptors’ is to be held at Stourhead. The workshop is designed to inspire and create the latest in a series of sculptures commemorating the impact of the First World War on the local community.