The Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery present
A talk by Jim Leary from English Heritage
Friday 30th September 2011 at 7.30 pm.
at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Bath Road, Old Town, Swindon
The summer of 2010 saw excavations at one of the largest Neolithic henge monuments in Britain: Marden. It is located in the heart of the Vale of Pewsey between Stonehenge and Avebury and for centuries it has remained hidden because it does not have any surviving stone settings, but even so much remains concealed only just below the surface and its sheer size is astounding.
The excavation was the culmination of a two-year multi-disciplinary project and provided evidence for a now demolished mound – said to be the second largest in Wiltshire after Silbury Hill. More remarkable, however, was the discovery of an extraordinarily well-preserved Neolithic building – undoubtedly one of the best preserved in Britain outside Orkney. This lecture challenges many previous views of Wiltshire’s prehistory and will discuss the findings from the project, and explore some reasons of why it was constructed and what it could have been used for.
Jim Leary is the archeologist who was in charge of the successful restoration work on Silbury Hill in 2006, which had to deal with the imminent collapse of this world heritage monument as previous centuries tunnels attempting to find treasure made it increasingly unstable.
Tickets for talks are available from Swindon Museum & Art Gallery cost of £4.50 (£3.50 for members of the Friends) + a discount of 50p per ticket when buying three or more tickets either for the season or for a single talk.
Payment by cash or cheque only.
Phone the museum on 01793 466556 for info on tickets & access.
FURTHER TALKS AT THE MUSEUM THIS AUTUMN:
Friday 14 October 7.30 pm.
THE WILTSHIRE HERITAGE MUSEUM
A talk by David Dawson, director of the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes, on the museum, which houses the best Bronze Age archeology collection in the UK, as well as many Neolithic finds associated with Avebury and Stonehenge, more recent history and an extensive natural history collection. The talk will also cover items that have been found in the Swindon area that are kept in Devizes; and will look at the funding model that allows the Wiltshire Heritage Museum to exist as an independent museum.
N.B. This talk is free as it is followed after an interval by the Swindon Museum Friends’ AGM.
Friday 4 November 7.30 pm.
THE SWINDON COLLECTION
A talk by Denys Hodson, who was Head of Arts for Swindon Borough Council in the 1980s, drawing on his pivotal role in building the Swindon Collection, one of the finest collections of 20th Century British Art in the country. And on where the collection goes from here.
Friday 25 November 7.30 pm.
THE MARLBOROUGH BIBLES
Simon McKeown, keeper of antique books at Marlborough College where he is head of History of Art will be talking about the College catalogue of antiquarian bibles; bringing along some of the rarer items.