Stonehenge and the National Trust

25 Sept 2018 - In the late 1920s some 1,440 acres of the surrounding land were purchased by public appeal, headed by the Prime Minister, and vested in the National Trust so that inappropriate developments might be removed and ‘valuable archaeological remains of the site be protected from the plough’. The National Trust’s support for widening the A303 with a short tunnel near Stonehenge – avoiding its own land – is vital... READ MORE

Time is running out to save Stonehenge WHS

WATCH Historian and Stonehenge Alliance President, Tom Holland, describe the location of the Stonehenge tunnel within the internationally significant landscape.  He denounces the legacy as a tragedy for posterity. Time is running out. You can email UNESCO today to lend support to its advice that the Government should explore options for a widened A303 that would not cause further damage to Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

Stonehenge: Much more than a monument

3 October 2018 - For many people Stonehenge is a famous monument to visit on a trip to England. For others Stonehenge is a special place of spirituality, for quiet contemplation, commune with ancestors, for healing and celebration.  This article however is an introduction to Stonehenge in its landscape as a unique prehistoric cultural World Heritage Site. READ MORE

What are we saving and why?

 The £1,600,000,000 ($2.2bn) road scheme is part of a UK Government long term plan to upgrade the A303 to an Expressway to the... READ MORE 

Please can you pop a £ in the pot?

15 August 2018 - Thank you to everyone who responded to the supplementary consultation which has now closed. To campaign against the devastating 'expressway' we need money.  Our work is donated voluntarity but we need to pay for publicity, professional advice and numerous sundry items. However little you wish to contribute we would be hugely appreciative. To donate please link here.  

Stonehenge Alliance complains about fake news

31 July 2018 - For some time the Stonehenge Alliance has been concerned about apparently propagandist misinformation surrounding the A303 tunnel project.  Upbeat and reassuring press releases from Highways England and its scheme supporters Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust include such statements... READ MORE

MPs’ debate raises alarm for Stonehenge heritage

6 June 2018 - Yesterday’s Westminster Hall debate, called by Alex Burghart, Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar, was both timely and critical in informing Members of Parliament about the unsurpassed heritage of the World Heritage Site (WHS) – and for flushing out some worrying misunderstandings of proponents of the A303 Stonehenge short tunnel scheme.  Despite the Government’s hard line, endorsed by Transport Minister...READ MORE

22 expert archaeologists say A303 Scheme sets dangerous precedent

 “The UK has an international reputation for the quality of its heritage protection and enhancement; that reputation can only be maintained – setting the bar high enough to encourage others to reject large-scale damaging developments in other World Heritage Sites around the world.”  Detailed letter to Highways England by a consortium of 22 experts led by Professor Mike Parker-Pearson who have carried out... READ HERE

ICOMOS-UK: "Explore other options"

The Chairman of ICOMOS-UK, advisor to UNESCO on World Heritage Sites in the UK, cites 16 reasons for objecting to the Highways England scheme. He urges Highways England to find an “acceptable and reasoned solution that protects the integrity of the Stonehenge component of the WHS as a sacred place of global importance not just for its main henge monument but for the totality of its interconnected pre-historic landscape." READ HERE

UNESCO's advice 2017

Stonehenge was designated in 1986 by UNESCO as “Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site”. The Statement of Outstanding Universal Value explains why the WHS is of such importance to mankind... READ MORE

Cartoons

Numerous cartoonists have lampooned the road and tunnel scheme since the announcement of the 2014 version of widening the A303. To view a selection of our favourites click here!

Watch! Weep! Protest!

Government intends to build a 4-lane road and tunnel in the heart of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. Tom Holland explains the horror (1.11min) on a site visit in 2017. More videos here.

Sir Tony Robinson responds

Tony Robinson and others explain why they objected to the Stonehenge scheme. Points made at the 2017 consultation are still valid since the short tunnel remains the preferred route.

Correspondence with authorities

The Stonehenge Alliance has written to ministers and many other authorities.  We have received responses to most of our letters published hereThey are an interesting record of this latest phase in the Stonehenge Saga that started in 2014, and also act as useful briefings for composing letters to ministers, MPs and others. Ministers' replies to parliamentary questions posed by Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb are on a separate page here.

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Reference library

Maps, reports, inscriptions, letters... READ MORE

 

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