Month: August 2014

The Lamps Are Going Out

Our own single light yesterday evening – echoes of Cornwall – my father was born in September 1914 just across from

The Arts in Wiltshire

poppies-8‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’. These are the famous words of the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, which for some mark the passing of the British Government’s ultimatum to Germany and the commencement of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

The Heritage in Wiltshire blog has been constructed to identify all of the First World War projects that are taking place within Wiltshire, as well as some of those within the 14-18 Now cultural programme. The statement by Edward Grey has been the inspiration behind the National Lights Out campaign, which you can read about on the blog along with other public art programmes such as the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.

The period of the Centenary of the First World War will also see landmark cultural projects such as…

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Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 11


Onto every dig a little rain must fall… But unfortunately today the team would have needed webbed feet to be able to continue digging. Though if truth be told as much as we archaeologists like to think of ourselves as caring types  it’s not the well-being of our diggers that normally stops us working on a site when rain reaches biblical proportions, it’s the well-being of the site. Excavation relies upon the careful observation, recording and removal of different layers and deposits of soil. So when more of that material is being removed on your boots than with your trowels the digging has to stop. And so it came to pass that on Avebury Dig 2014 – Day  11 we beat a tactical retreat.

Our very own barrow cemetery, as rain stopped play for the day Our eagle-eyed Dig Photographer in Residence Mike Robinson spotted a new barrow cemetery, as rain stopped play

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