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 through a unique and compelling media installation using laser scans. This experience evokes the effects of changing time and seasons (including the summer and winter solstices) on the Stones using light, sound and film with digital effects.