English Heritage plans Stonehenge centenary celebration

Historic site gifted to the nation in 1918

English Heritage has announced plans for a series of celebration of historic anniversaries at its properties.

The heritage body will be celebrating the donation of Stonehenge to the nation, the formation of the NHS and the election of Barack Obama as US President, as well as the 150-year anniversary of the installation of the world’s first traffic lights in London in its list of the year’s most important – or most interesting – anniversaries.

Its been a 100 years since Stonehenge was gifted to the nation by local landowners Cecil and Mary Chubb on October 26 1918, who had bought the site at an auction three years previously. English Heritage will host a programme of special events and exhibitions, including a new exhibition featuring Neolithic and Bronze Age objects in collaboration with the British Museum.

Anna Eavis, English Heritage’s curatorial director, said: “This year is also an important centenary for Stonehenge. 2018 marks a hundred years of Stonehenge belonging to us all and the monument getting the care it deserves.”

Other anniversaries on the list include the end of the First World War, women getting the vote and the discovery of penicillin.

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