Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stonehenge: A Global Icon

Thousands of people gathered in countryside of southern England on this summer solstice to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge. Every year, nearly a million people visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the monument, learn more about its past and try to understand its mysteries. Roman coins and other objects found at the site suggest Stonehenge may have been considered a tourist attraction as early as the Roman period. Medieval people visited the site and described it as one of the “wonders of the world”.

My "vintage" photo of Stonehenge, taken just a few weeks ago.
The Wish You Were Here! exhibition at the Stonehenge Visitor Centre examines the history of Stonehenge as a tourist attraction and global icon. Stonehenge memorabilia from the past 200 years coming from the personal collection of archaeologist, Julian Richards, as well as items on loan from Wiltshire Museum and The Salisbury Museum, are on display until March 2016. Here are just a few of the memorabilia:

A montage of postcards from the last century.

A few of the retro album covers on display.

Vintage slides - one from sunrise at the summer solstice.

To learn more about visiting Stonehenge, you can peruse the English Heritage website at Stonehenge VisitorCentre.

Other good resources for information about Stonehenge and the solstice:

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