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30th Anniversary Conference
Celebrating 30 years of World Heritage at
Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016
Celebrate with us the 30th anniversary of the inscription of Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites onto the World Heritage list in November 1986.
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites was one of the first seven UK Sites to be inscribed onto the World Heritage List. The other six sites inscribed that year were St Kilda, Giant’s Causeway, The Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd, Durham Castle and Cathedral, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and the Ironbridge Gorge. We are celebrating this landmark with a public Conference this November in Devizes.
The Conference will give delegates the opportunity to reflect on the gains made in the last 30 years in the conservation and protection of the monuments and our archaeological knowledge as well as looking at the European and British context at the time these world famous monuments were created. We also consider the artistic and social impact of Stonehenge and Avebury on culture and our understanding.
The Conference will be of interest to the general public and those interested in Stonehenge and Avebury and World Heritage management.
Saturday 19 November
Speakers include: Dr Serge Cassen (University of Nantes); Dr Amanda Chadburn (Historic England); Prof Tim Darvill (University of Bournemouth),Prof Vince Gaffney (University of Bradford); Henry Owen-John (Historic England), Dr Josh Pollard (University of Southampton); Dr Heather Sebire (English Heritage); Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museums of Scotland), Dr Nick Snashall (National Trust);
The Conference will be taking place in the magnificent Ceres Hall of the Corn Exchange in the centre of the attractive Wiltshire market town of Devizes, approximately mid-way between the two halves of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site (WHS).
On Saturday 19 November a light lunch is included in the delegate price. We will also be providing tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon.
Ticket price is £40 if booked by 29 September and £45 from 30 September.
The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Coordination Unit would like to thank all those partners without whose help the conference would not have been possible and in particular the support of Historic England.
Sunday 20 November
An optional second day includes a number of tours in a "pick and mix" set of options for you to arrange your own day to suit your interests.
These optional tours must be booked in advance and as there are a limited number of opportunities we recommend that you book these at the same time as your main conference ticket. Tours are only available to those with tickets for Saturday 19 November.
If you are unable to join the tours below you can find Information about visiting both parts of the World Heritage Sites and their related collections here.
Please note that we are not arranging transport for this day. We have tried to arrange the time of each event to allow people to attend as many as possible but please check times to ensure that you will have sufficient time to travel between the venues.
Sunday 20 November 9.30 - 11.30
Stonehenge Visitor Centre Join Dr Heather Sebire, Property Curator (West) of English Heritage on a tour around the Stonehenge monument and then return to the award winning Visitor Centre to explore the exhibition containing finds from the World Heritage Site and tells the story of how the monument was built and who lived there.
Sunday 20 November 10.30 - 12.30
The Salisbury Museum - Join Adrian Green, Director of The Salisbury Museum, on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of this designated national collection including the newly refurbished Wessex Gallery which features objects related to the WHS.
Sunday 20 November 11.00 – 13.00
Avebury Avenues of Enquiry: the finds with Dr Ros Cleal (Curator, Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury)
A unique opportunity to view rarely seen finds from Avebury’s West Kennet and Beckhampton Avenues and to see the latest discoveries made by the Between the Monuments team on the West Kennet Avenue Occupation Site excavations.
Sunday 20 November 14:00 – 16:00
Avebury Avenues of Enquiry: an expert’s tour of the West Kennet Avenue with Dr Nick Snashall (Archaeologist, Stonehenge & Avebury WHS)
The paired standing stones of the West Kennet Avenue that snake their way across the Avebury landscape have fascinated antiquaries and archaeologists for centuries. This tour of the standing part of the Avenue will explore the hidden depths that research continues to reveal - from Bronze Age burials first unearthed in the 1930s to the very latest discoveries of the Between the Monuments project.
Sunday 20 November 14.00 - 16.00
The Wiltshire Museum - Join David Dawson, Director of the Wiltshire Museum, on an exclusive tour of the museum and its designated national collection. It will be a wonderful opportunity to discover the Gold in the time of Stonehenge Exhibition.
Travel and accommodation
Devizes does not have its own train station but there are nearby stations at Chippenham, Salisbury, Pewsey and Trowbridge. The Connecting Wiltshire website will give details of public transport connections from these stations and others and for further travel around Wiltshire.
A range of types of accommodation can be found in Devizes and the surrounding area. We suggest that you look at the VisitWiltshire website for details. VisitWiltshire can provide inspiration and information on what else you can find in the area should you wish to extend your stay in Wiltshire.
Details of long stay car parking can be found on the Wiltshire Council website.
Special requirements or questions
If you have a special dietary or access requirements please contact the WHS Coordination Unit at email@example.com
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any further queries.