Joint statement on Highways England consultation on route options for A303 road improvement scheme

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…

The Fox Talbot Museum acquires historic photographic collection of international significance

Lacock table top showing items from the Fenton Collection (c)National Trust/Roger Watson

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.

Lacock table top showing items from the Fenton Collection (c)National Trust/Roger Watson

Lacock table top showing items from the Fenton Collection (c)National Trust/Roger Watson

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What does the landscape surrounding Stonehenge mean to you?

The Cursus Barrows in the Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire. (c)National Trust Images/John Miller

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.

Stonehenge Landscape (c)National Trust/John Miller

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Stourhead’s ‘School of Athens’ to be conserved

Steve Clare, from Holy Well, inspecting the work needed to the lunette window at Stourhead (c) National Trust / Alison Holmes

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.

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