Weather permitting, visitors to Stonehenge
on 5th and
may have a chance to ride on a tethered balloon and take their own
pictures of the famous monument.
have been organised to commemorate the first aerial photographs of
were taken in
1906 by Lieutenant Philip Henry Sharpe of the Royal
Section. Based at the time at Aldershot,
balloonists were the forerunners of the Royal Flying Corps and,
RAF. It is not entirely clear why Sharpe took those pictures of
earliest known aerial photographs of the stones, and indeed of any
Years of Discovery, tells the story of those
explores the world of aerial photography in Victorian, Edwardian and
at the contribution that the last 100 years of aerial photography has
our understanding of 6,000 years of British history and pre-history.
also be a display
digital aerial mapping technologies and a virtual fly-by of the
to the exhibition is free.
greatly enhanced our knowledge of Stonehenge.
course of the
Avenue approaching the monument and the nearby site of Woodhenge were
aerial photography’s earliest successes, while a recent
Programme project by English Heritage staff has demonstrated just how
intensively the landscape around the stones has been used over the last
archaeologist at English Heritage, said: "Aerial
photography is most useful in helping us understand the human use and
development of the landscape around Stonehenge.
understanding is used daily in our management of the Stonehenge World
Site and contributes to the enjoyment
the many thousands of
visitors every year."
demonstrated the clarity with which even slight earthworks could be
from above and more easily understood. In the years following the
publication in the journal
the Society of Antiquaries in 1907, archaeologists gradually
came to realise the value of aerial photography as a key technique to
record and interpret traces of the past, culminating today in a more
usage of aerial photography for archaeological purposes.
survey is one of the most important tools for the discovery of
sites in this country. Each year, hundreds
of previously unknown sites, ranging in date from the Neolithic (late
Age, from circa 4000 BC) to the 20th century,
the English Heritage National Mapping Programme (NMP). NMP’s
discoveries include everything from Neolithic long barrows
to the farms and fields of the Bronze and Iron Ages, Roman villas,
villages, and a wealth of detail about the defence of the British
during World War
Years of Discovery
will travel to Kelmarsh
Northamptonshire, for the Festival of History (12 – 13
August), and to
Old Sarum (21 – 29 August). Afterwards, it will travel the
places including the Alexander Keiller Museum
Avebury, Salisbury Museum, Devizes Museum
Engineers’ Museum in Gillingham,