Building work to begin soon on Amesbury's new History Centre

Building work to begin soon on Amesbury's new History Centre

Published by Spire FM News at 5:33am 16th August 2019.

The current museum, located in Melor Hall, has now shut to the public.

It means work can finally begin on developing the building into a new modern facility.

It's taken eight years of planning to get to this stage.

Amesbury History Centre - Melor Hall - August 2019 (Mike Draper) (3)
The old Melor Hall

PLANS

The new building will be used as an educational facility for local schools, a young archaeology club and a hub for any future archaeology in the area, as well as exhibiting some of the priceless items that have been discovered in the area.

Members of the Amesbury History Trust are excited to be getting work underway.

Deputy Chairman, Mark Verbinnen, told Spire FM:

"We're planning on really growing, and pulling in visitors from Stonehenge - people that come to see the great archaeology in the area - and bring them into Amesbury town centre."

AMESBURY HISTORY

Amesbury has thousands of years of history to showcase, especially after archaeologists found that the nearby Blick Mead is the oldest continuous settlement in the country, older than Stonehenge.

Mark Verbinnen says that discovery has made a huge difference:

"It shows that the archaeology in and around Amesbury is so important, not just locally but nationally and even internationally.  

The things they found there and that we'll be showcasing in our new museum, are of great cultural significance."

WORK SCHEDULE

It's still not known how long it'll take to finish the new building.

Until then, some of the exhibits and items from the old centre, will be available to view at the Amesbury Community Centre and library.

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