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Subject:

Wiltshire's archaeology and museums go on-line

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"Shalders, Helen" <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 2 May 2003 15:23:51 +0100

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WILTSHIRE County Council
PR 1127 2 May 2003
        Wiltshire's archaeology and museums go on-line
        WILTSHIRE'S unique historical treasures are revealed on new
interactive web pages for 
        the county's archaeology and museums services.
	
        The web pages allow visitors to search interactive maps of the
county for heritage walks, 
        sites and places of interest. Searches can be made by time period
(for example, Iron Age,
         Roman and Medieval), by type of site (e.g. castle, hill fort), or
by town or district.
	
        The maps open up Wiltshire's ancient landscape to the public and
highlight well known 
        sites such as Stonehenge and some of the county's lesser known
archaeological gems.
	
        By clicking on the place they are interested in, visitors can access
a full description of the 
        site, information about the terrain, disabled access, parking and
other facilities, the best 
        time of year to visit, and more detailed maps of the area. 
	
        Stunning aerial photographic views of historical sites give a
different perspective on the 
        county's heritage. The maps also suggest a series of heritage trails
or walks associated 
        with some of the sites featured. 
	
        These include Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Sites trails, a
Cricklade Saxon 
        town trail, a Pewsey Downs trail, and Salisbury Plain trails.
	
        The maps can be accessed through the new web pages for Wiltshire
County Council's 
        archaeology service, which can be found at 
        http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/heritage/html/archaeology.html, and for
the museum service at 
        http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/heritage/html/museums.html
	
        The new museums web pages feature a complete record of the county
council's touring 
        photographic exhibitions from the last five years.
	
        These include Crowning Occasions, an exhibition of royal visits and
events in Wiltshire 
        covering three centuries - the exhibition is currently touring
Wiltshire libraries.
	
        The other on-line exhibitions are Old Sport, a sporting exhibition,
The Famous Wiltshire 
        Breakfast, about food and agriculture, and The Thrilling Thirties.
All the images from these 
        four exhibitions are available on-line.
	
                  The new web pages are part of Window on Wiltshire's
Heritage. WOW Heritage is an 
        innovative 425,000 project - funded by the New Opportunities Fund -
to set up a major 
        web-based resource revealing Wiltshire's history and culture.
	
        WOW Heritage project officer at Wiltshire County Council, Kate
Turnbull, said: "The new 
        archaeology and museums web pages include some really interesting
and useful features, 
        such as the sites and trails map and the on-line exhibitions.
	
        "The maps are interactive and are ideal for anyone who is interested
in exploring 
        Wiltshire's heritage. The on-line exhibitions feature hundreds of
images from the county 
        council's photographic exhibitions over the last few years."
	
        The WOW Heritage web site will improve public access to a wide range
of information 
        about the county - covering heritage, culture and the natural
environment.
	
        Members of staff at Wiltshire County Council are leading the
project. The home page is 
        now on-line and the project will take a further two years to
complete.
	
        The Window on Wiltshire's Heritage homepage can be found at
www.wowheritage.org.uk
	
        The project involves total of 19 partner organisations. The WOW
Heritage web site will act 
        as a portal, connecting to the partner sites.
	
        For further information, contact the communications unit at
Wiltshire County Council on 
        01225 713116, or Kate Turnbull, Window on Wiltshire's Heritage
project officer, on 01225 
        713718.
	
        Notes for editors - The Window on Wiltshire's Heritage project has
been funded by the 
        New Opportunities Fund through a 50 million 'digitisation'
programme. The UK-wide 
        programme aims to make the resources of the country's libraries,
galleries, universities 
        and other centres of learning available to people via the Internet.
The NOF is the biggest of
         the National Lottery's distributors of funding.
Add www.wiltshire.gov.uk to your favourites for all our latest news as it
happens
Issued by the communications team at Wiltshire County Council
Email: [log in to unmask]

Tel 01225 713116/5/4  Fax 01225 713997


Helen Shalders
Asst Project Officer
Window on Wiltshire's Heritage
Dept for Children Education and Libraries
Wiltshire County Council

Vote for your favourite aspect of Wiltshire's Heritage at
www.wowheritage.org.uk 




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