Foreword Issue 6
I’m delighted to introduce this, the sixth, issue of Historic England Research. Given the current, and understandably passionate, debate about how best to manage serious and increasing traffic congestion on the A303 as it crosses the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, the issue’s focus on Stonehenge is timely. In this case our focus is not on the issue of visitor or traffic management through the site, but instead on how research by Historic England and others is continuing to enhance our understanding and appreciation of the Stonehenge landscape – an important ambition of the World Heritage Site Management Plan.
As recent findings at Durrington Walls and south of the A303 demonstrate, and despite this being one of the most intensively studied archaeological landscapes in the country, continuing investment in research is delivering important new insights and narratives. This, in turn, will create even greater public interest, engagement and enjoyment of a monument and landscape that continue to exercise an unparalleled hold on people’s imagination.
I hope you enjoy this latest addition to the series and, indeed, previous issues of the magazine– which are which are available to download from the back issues page.
Duncan Wilson OBE
Chief Executive, Historic England
Duncan became Chief Executive of the newly formed Historic England in May 2015. Duncan joined Historic England from the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust where he was Chief Executive from 2011 to 2015. From 2002 Duncan was Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, and before that Director of the Somerset House Trust. Duncan’s first job as a chartered accountant in 1987 was as Senior Management Accountant at English Heritage. Before accountancy he worked as a professional archaeologist in Oxford and Herefordshire, following post graduate research in European Archaeology. Duncan is a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust (from 2008) and was a trustee of the Royal Armouries (2007-2011) and a community governor of Corelli College in Greenwich (2004-2007).