Management of the World Heritage Site

The Management Plan provides a framework for partnership working within the Site.

The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Coordination Unit led by Sarah Simmonds coordinates the work of partners to achieve the objectives of the Management Plan.  The first joint Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Management Plan was published in May 2015.

Both Stonehenge and Avebury have  Steering Committees made up of representatives of the World Heritage Site partners.These Committees meet two or three times a year.   The Avebury WHS Steering Group meets twice a year and is currently chaired by Andrew Williamson, Chair of the Avebury Parish Council.  The Avebury and Stonehenge Archaeological and Historical Research Group (ASAHRG) is a group of professional curators, academics and freelance researchers who meet to encourage, coordinate and disseminate research in the WHS.  .

The Stonehenge WHS Committee meets three times a year and is currently chaired by Roger Fisher the representative of Amesbury Town Council. In addition a Stonehenge WHS Advisory Forum meets at least annually and they are a wider group of stakeholders with an interest in Stonehenge.

Task and Finish groups are set up as required to deliver projects for the Steering Committees as required.

A Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Partnership Panel, chaired by independent chair Alistair Sommerlad, coordinates the work of the Coordination Unit and both parts of the WHS.

The minutes of the steering committees meetings, ASAHRG and the Partnership Panel  can be found in the Management of the WHS section of this website.

Stonehenge and Avebury Working Together

In March 2014 the Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Coordination Unit was formed.  This is based at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham.  A number of joint World Heritage Site projects have been completed or are ongoing such as: WHS Condition Survey (2010), WHS Woodland Strategy (2015), Draft WHS Research Framework (2015), Stonehenge and Avebury WHS website (2013), Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Climate Change Risk Assessment (2014) and the Megalith newsletter.

If you want to find out more about how the WHS is managed minutes of our meetings can be found on this page.