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Celebrating 30 years of World Heritage Site status

with 30 objects

2016 is the 30th anniversary of Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites being a World Heritage Site. The first seven sites from the UK were inscribed onto the World Heritage List in November 1986.

Inspired by the British Museum’s History of the World in 100 Objects.  We thought it would be fun to find 30 objects that would allow the story of Stonehenge and Avebury to be told in a different way.


We atanged and barbed arrow head found at Avebury 2013re working with David Dawson the Director of the Wiltshire Museum to pull together a virtual exhibition of objects which represent the World Heritage Site in its many aspects.


Which object would you choose?

The object should tell a story about a key moment in the history of the WHS or the development of our understanding of it. It could also reflect attributes of outstanding universal value such as, for example, the relationship of monuments to the landscape or astronomy or their influence on artists and architects. Another option is an object that reveals other values related to the WHS or how it is understood today in popular culture or from a spiritual perspective.

©English Heritage
©English Heritage

The suggestion should be accompanied by a short text of c. 150 words explaining the importance/relevance of the object and the story it tells about the WHS.   Please also provide a caption and any relevant copyright details to appear alongside the image.

Thirty objects will be chosen from the suggestions received with the aim of reflecting the widest range of stories/associations and types of object.


Please send your suggestions and text

by 10th June 2016 to 



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