Stonehenge celebrations "must not compromise mystery and integrity of stones"
It is also important to ensure we keep dignity for the stones, and that the solstice celebrations aren't in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones.
– Tim Reeve, English Heritage
Stonehenge was raised more than 4,000 years ago as a temple to the sun, and its banks and ditches are even older.
It was begun around 3,000BC in the Neolithic period and construction activities continued until about 1600BC in the Bronze Age. It is aligned with the rising and setting of the sun at the solstices, but its exact purpose remains a mystery.
For the first time in 5,000 years, the owners of Stonehenge are looking for a general manager. The £65,000-a-year job is needed, they say, to ensure 'dignity for the stones' amid the Druids and daytrippers who descend on the prehistoric monument each year.
The role will involve liaising with Druid leaders and ensuring the solstice celebrations "aren't in some way compromising the mystery and integrity of the stones", English Heritage said.
The successful candidate will be expected to manage the famous attraction, look after its one million visitors, and lead the monument's 180 staff and volunteers.
Another important duty would be maintaining relationships with Druid leaders such as King Arthur Pendragon who campaigned to make the site open to the public during the summer and winter solstices.
General responsibilities will include promoting ideas and overseeing the arrangements for the summer and winter solstices and seasonal gatherings. The closing date for job applications is May 5 2013
The Spring Solstice or ‘Vernal Equinox’ recognises the first day of spring and each year sees druids and pagans gather at Stonehenge early in the morning to watch the sun rise above the prehistoric stones.