Stonehenge Visitor Centre
World-class interpretative installations
Stonehenge is the most significant and frequently visited Ancient Monument in Britain. An international icon, and the World Heritage Site (WHS) in which it is set, is a landscape overlaid with social, economic and religious narratives and has been characterised by the quest to ascribing meaning.
hsd worked alongside English Heritage to deliver a step-change in the way in which visitors experience the WHS at Stonehenge. A new visitor centre, set on the edge of the WHS, some 2.5 km from the Standing Stones, provides both interpretation and orientation functions. Exhibits include tactile, media and object-focussed displays. Early research revealed that visitors most desired to stand amongst the Stones – not possible due to conservation restrictions. However, we achieved this virtually within the exhibition through a unique and compelling media installation using laser scans. This experience evokes change through time and seasons (including the summer and winter solstices) using light, sound and film with digital effects.