Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, and its Astronomical Importance

DATE

Wed 20 Nov 

TIME

6 - 8pm

LOCATION

Stonehenge 

SUITABLE FOR

Adults

Sunset looking along the solstitial axis

With Sarah Simmonds and Dr Amanda Chadburn

Join us for the last of the Celestial Stonehenge lectures as we look at UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and what qualifies Stonehenge and Avebury to appear on the World Heritage List.

Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Partnership Manager, will discuss what aspects of the Site are of Outstanding Universal Value and what this means for the protection and management of the site.

Sarah has over a decade of experience in World Heritage Site management specialising in participatory management planning, partnership working, planning policy, landscape scale strategies and community engagement. Previously she spent a decade working with the UN as a capacity building specialist in both Afghanistan and East Timor and with NGOs in Indonesia. She has a master’s degree in Cultural Heritage from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL as part of which she  undertook fieldwork with UNESCO in Ethiopia. She is  co-author of the first joint Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan and is  currently working on developing a sustainable funding model for the World Heritage Site with NLHF support.  She is also working with partners to design a landscape access, sustainable tourism and transport strategy for the World Heritage.  Sarah is a member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS UK and City of Bath World Heritage Site Advisory Board.

The presentation will be shared with Dr Amanda Chadburn, an archaeologist in Historic England’s National Strategy Team, who will be discussing archaeoastronomy at Stonehenge and how its significance at Stonehenge has contributed to achieving World Heritage Site status.

Dr Chadburn has worked for over 30 years for English Heritage/ Historic England in various roles. From 1992-2012 as the Lead Adviser, Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site,  she provided archaeological advice on the management of the WHS including on the major structural conservation of Silbury Hill near Avebury, and on the new visitor arrangements at Stonehenge. She is currently the UK’s Focal Point for UNESCO’s Thematic Initiative on Heritage of Astronomy, Science and Technology, which has helped generate a number of recent astronomically related World Heritage inscriptions and nominations, and has written on the management of the Stonehenge WHS in relation to astronomy. She is currently writing a popular book with Prof. Clive Ruggles about astronomy and the Stonehenge WHS.

Prices

Type Price
English Heritage members Free

How to book

This lecture is free to attend but places are limited and must be reserved by calling the Bookings Team (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm) on 0370 333 1183. Telephone bookings will close at 3pm the day before the event.

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