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The Hurlers stone circle, Cornwall
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The Cornwall Heritage Trust reports 3 November 2015 that the Reading The Hurlers project has received £33,700 from the British Heritage Lottery Fund –
Saltash U3A has recently been awarded £33,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for an exciting project called Reading the Hurlers.  The community geo-archaeological project focuses on the early Bronze Age site of the Hurlers stone circles, near the village of Minions, Bodmin Moor.  As part of the project, volunteers will undertake a geological survey and produce a profile of the area’s granite resources which will aim to identify the sources of granite which the standing stones of the Hurlers were quarried from.
More here. See also our earlier features on the Hurlers by keying the word into the search box above.
Image when the taller of the two Bamiyan Buddhas was destroyed by the Taliban in 2001
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

The Stonehenge Exhibition and Visitor Centre by architects Denton Corker Marshall on opening day last December
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This is Wiltshire reports –

The £6.9m building, named in a prestigious ceremony at City Hall, Bristol, yesterday, takes an Australian aboriginal dictum of ‘touching the earth lightly’ to perch on an archaeological landscape creating a vastly improved visitor experience. A major part of the £27million Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Programme – the largest capital project ever undertaken by English Heritage – the new visitor building, is 2.1km (1.5 miles) to the west of Stonehenge.

RIBA South West Awards recognise examples of innovative and outstanding new architecture within the region. Chair of the jury, John Pardey of multiple award-winning John Pardey Architects said of the English Heritage project: “The building follows the concept sketch by the architect Barry Marshall. A forest of thin square columns dancing at different angles like tree trunks, supporting a curvy canopy roof, which has fretted edges like leaves meeting the sky. Spaces are laid out with precise clarity and work fabulously well. The visitor centre provides an essentially outdoor experience and that is as it should be on this wide Wiltshire landscape.”

Full article here. Read also our first impressions of the Centre here.


Pugh appears courtesy of the Daily Mail
Amesbury (including the Stonehenge area) in Wiltshire has been confirmed as Britain’s longest continually-occupied settlement. Experts believe that the area has been occupied since 8,820bce ‘following an archaeological dig which also unearthed evidence of frogs’ legs being eaten in Britain 8,000 years before France’. BBC News Wiltshire reports –
David Jacques, from the University of Buckingham, said: “The site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways. It provides evidence for people staying put, clearing land, building, and presumably worshipping, monuments. The area was clearly a hub point for people to come to from many miles away, and in many ways was a forerunner for what later went on at Stonehenge itself. The first monuments at Stonehenge were built by these people. For years people have been asking why is Stonehenge where it is, now at last, we have found the answers.”
Mr Jacques said the River Avon, which runs through the area, would have been like an A road with people travelling along it. “They may have had the equivalent of local guides and there would have been feasting,” he added. “We have found remains of big game animals, such as aurochs and red deer, and an enormous amount of burnt flint from their feasting fires.”
Mr Jacques said our ancestors were eating a “Heston Blumenthal-style menu.”
Full article here. See also our earlier feature here.

Reconstruction, by Ian Dennis, of the Whitehawk Camp causewayed enclosure in (circa) 3,600bce
Reproduced from Whittle, Healy and Bayliss 2011; fig. 1.3
CAA, UCL Institute of Archaeology announces that the Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project has won Heritage Lottery Fund support for an exciting community archaeology project based in Brighton, East Sussex, England –
The Whitehawk Camp partnership, formed of the Centre for Applied Archaeology (University College London), Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society, has received £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting community archaeology project based in Brighton, East Sussex.
The project will focus on Whitehawk Camp and the collection of objects excavated from the site in the 1920s and 1930s. This 5,500 year old Stone Age monument (a Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure) on Whitehawk Hill in Brighton, East Sussex is a rare type of ritual monument (predating Stonehenge by around 500 years) and marks the emergence of Britain’s first farming communities. The people who built Whitehawk Camp were Brighton’s first residents!
A series of volunteering opportunities, workshops and events will be run at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Whitehawk Camp and other venues from April 2014 for 12 months. Volunteers will learn how to catalogue and examine archaeological finds, undertake geophysical survey, excavate archaeological remains and undertake conservation work to the monument. A series of outreach events will examine themes such as our relationship with food, the bio-diversity of Whitehawk Hill and Whitehawk Hill’s relationship with the wider Downland landscape. The results of the project will be interpreted through varied digital media and an archaeological archive report.
Details here. Article in the Brighton and Hove News here.
El Deir, Petra, Jordan, 8 March 1839. Pencil and watercolour by David Roberts
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Japan’s International Cooperation Agency has given a $7 million grant to help fund the construction of a new, state-of-the-art museum at the World Heritage Site of Petra in Jordan. Concerns have been raised however concerning Petra’s two existing institutions.
Read more here.
Image credit World Monuments Fund
The World Monuments Fund has announced that –
WMF’s Everyday Preservationist Photo Contest is underway, and if you haven’t already submitted, please join today! We want to see what preservation looks like to you. You’re invited to share your favorite photos of the architecture, landscapes, historic centers, archeological sites, and other special places you’ve found most compelling.
Whether you’ve found inspiration close to home or during a memorable trip, perhaps years ago or even during this summer’s vacation, you probably already have many images that fall within our five Everyday Preservationist categories.
From July 1-31, World Monuments Fund invites photographers of all levels to submit original, evocative digital images that advocate for historic sites by reflecting their aesthetic beauty and importance to the communities in which they are located. WMF sends preservation experts to endangered sites all over the world, but there are things you can do closer to home to help save the world’s most treasured places. Becoming an everyday preservationist is as easy as sharing something special about your hometown, a favorite vacation spot, or someplace you’ve always wanted to visit.
Closing dates for entries is 31 July 2013.
Details here. Submission form here.

Europa Nostra has announced that –

Each year, Europa Nostra and the European Union reward the best of cultural heritage achievements. Through our European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, we celebrate excellence and dedication by architects, craftsmen, volunteers, schools, local communities, heritage owners and media. Through the power of their example we stimulate creativity and innovation.

The awards celebrate exemplary restorations and initiatives of the many facets of Europe’s cultural heritage in 4 categories. Every year, up to six monetary awards of €10.000 each are awarded to the top laureates in the various categories.

Criteria for the assessment of entries include excellence in the work executed and preliminary research conducted, as well as respect for artistic, cultural and social value, setting, authenticity and integrity. Special attention will also be paid to sustainability, interpretation and presentation, educational work, funding and management, and social responsibility. Entries can be on a scale ranging from small to large, local to international, and should display a standard of work considered outstanding in a European context.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2014 deadline is the 9 September 2013. Watch the Call for Entries video here and then submit your project. Outstanding achievements in the field of heritage conservation and enhancement will be awarded in the following categories:

1. Conservation
2. Research
3. Dedicated Service by Individuals or Organisations
4. Education, Training and Awareness-Raising

Entry Forms are now available on the Europa Nostra website

Closing date for submission of entries: 9 September 2013 (date of sending)

For more information, please contact:

Elena Bianchi
The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe
Lange Voorhout 35
NL – 2514 EC Den Haag
T +31 70 302 40 58
F +31 70 361 78 65
E eb[at]europanostra[dot]org

A Meiji Period wooden shop sign (36cm x 30cm approx) in the shape of a bottle
The sign is carved with the hiragana character す (su) meaning, in this context, vinegar
Private collection, Great Britain
Hitachi Europe Ltd, and Hitachi Solutions Europe Ltd, announced last week that it will donate £120,000 to the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. The donation will directly finance the Sainsbury Institute’s development of an online and interactive English-language educational website. The website will enable school children across the world to learn about Japan’s rich history and interact with its numerous archaeological treasures.
The Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures based in Norwich, England reports that –
The role of history in education is currently in the headlines in the UK, as the future direction of how children are taught about the past is debated as part of the current government’s education reforms. With the sponsorship of Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Solutions Europe, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures will develop a new online resource which will provide unprecedented access for school children in UK and other English speaking countries to some of humanity’s most significant but woefully under-appreciated cultural heritage, the historical and archaeological treasures of the Japanese archipelago. This resource will enable students across the English-speaking world to compare their own history with that of Japan.
More here.


A World Monuments Fund Video

Each year, the World Monuments Fund presents the Hadrian Award to an international leader who has advanced the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of the world’s art and architecture. The 2012 recipient of the Hadrian Award is Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express.

Lee Knibbs, trainee blacksmith
The British Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced at the end of last month its intention to invests a further £13.6m in schemes such as the conservation of historic gardens, the digitising of archives, and training in traditional skills such as blacksmithing and thatching. 788 new placements will deliver 700 years’ worth of work-based training for people seeking a career in heritage across the UK.
Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: “This extra money expands our tailored skills programmes at a time when demand for training opportunities is extraordinarily high. The Heritage Lottery Fund has been championing work-based placements for a number of years and we are pleased to be able to give even more financial support through the Training Bursaries and Skills for the Future programmes. Together, they are on course to deliver 2,200 training places by 2015.  This is good news for the heritage sector which a decade ago feared that many key skills would be lost.”
John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “Britain’s heritage forms a fundamental part of our society and economy; it underpins the very fabric of this country and is envied the world over. It is vital that we make every effort to preserve it and the incredible variety of skills it takes to maintain our heritage sites. The Heritage Lottery Fund should be commended for its track record on generating a significant number of opportunities for people to get on-the-job experience. This cash boost to 51 training projects will enable them to keep going for another three years and equip the heritage workforce with an even wider range of skills.”
More here.

The World Monuments Fund and the Hadrian Award for 2008

Every year, The World Monuments Fund gives the Hadrian Award to international leaders who have advanced the preservation of world art and architecture. In 2008, The World Monuments Fund honoured Houghton, Doreen, and Graeme Freeman and The Freeman Foundation. The Freeman Foundation is the lead supporter of World Monuments Fund work in Asia, including the Qianlong Garden in the Forbidden City, Beijing and the Japanese Imperial Buddhist Convents.



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