Video. The long awaited visitor centre at Stonehenge is nearing completion. £27 million has been spent on transforming the setting of the ancient stones and generally improving the experience for the thousands of visitors who visit the site each year.
It is the largest project undertaken by English Heritage and today, they revealed just what the public will be getting for their money. Our reporter Robert Murphy was given a preview.
A cold-war nuclear bunker, buried beneath a park in Gravesend, has been given Listed Building status by English Heritage. The Civil Defence Bunker would have been used as a communications centre in the event of a Soviet attack, and was fully functional between 1954 and 1968.
David Johns has been to see it, and speaks to volunteer Naj Lehl, Melanie Norris from Gravesham Borough Council, and volunteer Sam Willoughby.
No part of Stonehenge will close while work continues to build the new visitor centre which will open at the end of 2013.
Once the new visitor building is up and running, work will start on removing the existing outdated facilities, building a small, security ‘hub’, tucked into the landscape and the car park will be grassed over.
The restoration of the landscape near the monument will be well underway by summer 2014.
English Heritage has released its latest Heritage at Risk register.
According to the organisation there 5,831 listed buildings, monuments, archaeological sites, battlefields, shipwrecks, places of worship, conservation areas and landscapes in the country under threat from neglect, decay and damage.
The figure includes locations with Grade I and II* listing status. Among the location threatened are the Kings Meadow Baths - an Edwardian lido for women in Reading.