Dressing Mrs Dunch at Avebury Manor

Avebury Dressing Mrs Dunch ©National Trust Abby George

A replica Tudor gown, delicately made by a group of National Trust volunteers, will be fitted to a live model this weekend, to show the complexity of Tudor dresses.

This Saturday, 21 May 2016, Cathrien van Hak, the house manager at National Trust Avebury Manor will be taking some time out from her usual duties to pose as Mary Dunch, a 16th century resident of Avebury Manor.

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Enhanced plan to ensure Avebury Solstice remains peaceful

The Stone circle at Avebury.

Partners are working together to do everything they can to help make the Solstice celebrations at Avebury safe for everyone and respectful of the World Heritage Site.

A enhanced plan has been drawn up to look at tackling the growing numbers camping on a byway near Avebury, better enforcement of parking in the village and nearby roads and making Solstice a more peaceful occasion.

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New film illustrates benefits of Stonehenge road tunnel for World Heritage Site, people and wildlife

screen grab 2A year ago today (1 December 2014) the Government announced that it would be investing in a fully bored tunnel of at least 2.9km to remove a large part of the existing A303 from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. To mark the first anniversary of this announcement, Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage have produced a short film illustrating the difference that the removal of the A303 and the construction of a tunnel of at least 2.9km long could make to the Stonehenge landscape, its wildlife and nature and to those who wish to enjoy, explore, and understand the World Heritage Site.
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Stourhead celebrates the first hints of Autumn

Stourhead autumn colours on a misty morning

A warm September and unremarkable summer could hold the secret to one of the most spectacular autumn colour seasons at Stourhead in Wiltshire.

The National Trust gardeners at Stourhead are hopeful that the trees and shrubs have benefitted from the gentle British summer this year and are set to put on a beautiful display around the lake at Stourhead.
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Pantheon takes centre stage in autumn ‘performance’

Autumn may have been slow to arrive but now the landmark Pantheon at Stourhead is being framed in rich autumn colours, and is once more open to visitors after months of vital repairs.

Alan Power, Stourhead’s head gardener, and sometime media star, said: “The garden is showing definite signs of autumn, with strong pockets of colour arriving.

“To really appreciate the change that happens in autumn, you should visit a few times, to experience just how the garden develops throughout the season, and the how the landscape changes.” Continue reading…