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Timber Circle


More money for Sea Henge museum

.. extra features are now under discussion following news of the £65,000 grant, part of a national £4m payout for museum improvements by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation.

Area museums officer Robin Hanley said there were hopes of setting up a replica of the original structure, which was built in the spring or early summer of 2049BC.

"Obviously we are going to display about half of the original timbers but we felt it was important that people had a way to actually feel what it would have been like to walk into the circle," he explained. "What survives is only very fragmented.

"The current plan is to have, effectively, a complete circle in the centre of the gallery, one half of which will be the original timbers and the other will be a full-size replica."

A audio-visual display will show the dramatic change in the landscape around Seahenge from the Bronze Age, when it formed part of an inland farming community, to the shifting sands which revealed it to the world as the 20th century drew to a close.

There are also plans for an interactive interpretation, particularly aimed at children, charting the step-by-step progress of the timbers from their harvest in a local wood to their assembly into the circle, and to provide a resource centre offering a range of in-depth additional information about the Seahenge story as a whole.

"It's obviously very good news that we got this additional funding," said Dr Hanley. "While the core funding for the display is already there in terms of of the grant we obtained from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the funding we have received from Norfolk County Council, this additional funding will enable us to provide some extra resources in the gallery, which will help people get the most from their visit.

The Seahenge display, which will form part of a wider exhibition about the history of West Norfolk, is due to open to the public next summer.

"Although we've only got temporary exhibitions for this year, we've been hugely encouraged by the levels of people coming through," said Dr Hanley.

The museum is offering free admission this year.

Taken from the article at the EDP
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th August 2006ce
Edited 18th August 2006ce

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