Avebury Bank Holiday Monday Event

Talks to launch new guidebook for Avebury – Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May

Twenty years since the publication of the last official guidebook, the launch of the National Trust’s new guidebook for the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Avebury will be celebrated with two talks plus  commemorative cocktails on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May.

Dr Rosamund Cleal, the Curator of the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury says:

“Our new guidebook is up to date with the latest discoveries and research at Avebury and Silbury Hill Visitors can find it difficult to get a clear idea of how the henge forms part of a much larger prehistoric landscape because the whole World Heritage Site cannot be seen from any one place. As well as providing a souvenir of Avebury the pictures in the Guidebook have been chosen to reveal aspects of the history and archaeology of the area as well as giving an overview of the monuments and landscape.”

To launch the new guide Dr Cleal will be giving a short illustrated talk, starting at 2:00 p.m., on the background to some of the stories which could only be briefly mentioned in the guide. At 2:45 p.m. Bob Trubshaw, author of ‘Sacred Places: Prehistory and Popular Imagination’ and who has been photographing Avebury for almost thirty years, will talk about the people who have made Avebury what it is today. His photographs are among those used in the new guidebook and are also available to buy from the NT shop.

Between the two talks, Dr Cleal and Bob Trubshaw will be available to discuss in more detail aspects of Avebury’s past while the audience will be invited to try drinks and cocktails commemorating key people in Avebury’s history including ‘Aubrey’s Delight’, a ‘Stonebreaker Robinson’ or even the ‘Killer Keiller Cocktail’.

The event is free and will take place in the Study Centre (situated behind the Barn Museum in the centre of Avebury) starting at 2:00pm on Bank Holiday Monday 4th May 2009.

For further information please contact Judi Holliday on 01672 539384.

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