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.  The Avebury WHS Steering Group meets twice a year and is currently chaired by Stephen Stacey, Chair of Avebury Parish Council. 

The Stonehenge WHS Committee meets twice times a year and is currently chaired by Roger Fisher the representative of Amesbury Town Council. 

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

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 and Avebury WHS Partnership Panel, independently chaired by Alistair Sommerlad, coordinates the work of the Coordination Unit across both parts of the WHS.

The minutes of the steering committees meetings, ASAHRG and the Partnership Panel can be found in the Meeting Notes and Documents section.

Stonehenge and Avebury Working Together

The Stonehenge and Avebury WHS Coordination Unit was formed in March 2014.  The Unit 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.