Bournemouth University Public Lecture Day – 11th September

Photo by Jessica Swinburne

Dr Vanessa Heaslip will be giving a lecture about Human Henge at the University of the Third Age Public Lecture day at Bournemouth University on Monday 11th September.

16.00 – 17.00 Talk 4 – Vanessa Heaslip – Human Henge: Cultural heritage therapy and it’s impact upon mental health and wellbeing

Human Henge is a collaborative project funded by the heritage lottery fund, run by the Restoration trust in partnership with Bournemouth University, as well as many other institutions. The project draws upon recent ideas that Stonehenge was a place of healing in ancient times, and seeks to explore whether it can have a role in healing in the 21st century.

Over ten, weekly three-hour sessions two groups of local people with mental health problems walk the landscape, reaching through time to other humans whose traces are illuminated by accompanying pre-historians, curators and musicians. Each group makes meaning and draws inspiration from the terrain, monuments, weather, soundscape and each other. Human Henge hopes to explore the potential of heritage and history as a therapeutic intervention for people living with long term mental health issues.

You can book your free place here

Human Henge at TAG Conference 2017

The 2017 Theoretical Archaeology Conference takes place at

Cardiff University from 18th-20th of December

Human Henge will be discussed in a session led by Restoration Trust Director, Laura Drysdale and Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Archaeology and Anthropology at Bournemouth University, Professor Timothy Darvill.

Session Abstract
Archaeology, Heritage and Well-being

The concept of therapeutic landscapes was developed by Wil Gesler in the early 1990s, building on contemporary theory in the field of cultural ecology. It has since expanded to become a key concept in health geography applicable at a range of scales. But whether natural, designed, or symbolic, places connected with healing the body and soul have been recognized and studied for much longer. Routes of pilgrimage, destinations for health-giving visits, facilities for ‘taking the waters’, hospitals, and gardens surrounding asylums and institutions, have all been instrumental in formalizing relationships between place, space, and well-being that have been promoted and applied in many different ways and with varying degrees of real or perceived success. This session will consider archaeological and heritage dimensions of therapeutic landscapes, asking what can be learnt from the study of existing sites and whether there is a role for developing new ones appropriate for the needs of the 21st century. Contributions are invited in relation to three main themes. First, studies of recognized therapeutic landscapes through historical or archaeological investigations that enrich understandings of their construction and use. Second, case-studies of recent or ongoing projects that make use of archaeological sites or heritage resources to promote physical or mental well-being amongst defined participant communities. And third, analyses of the philosophical and theoretical frameworks appropriate to the study of archaeology and heritage in relation to health and well-being.

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Human Henge at the Festival of Archaeology

We had a great time at the Salisbury Museum Festival of Archaeology last weekend – despite the weather!

Human Hengers were joined by Dr Vanessa Heaslip, Principal Academic in Adult Nursing at University of Bournemouth and world authority on Stonehenge Professor Tim Darvill, Professor of Archaeology at University of Bournemouth.

Professor Tim Darvill, Dr Vannessa Heaslip and Restoration Trust Director Laura Drysdale

Photo by Dr Vanessa Heaslip

Professor Tim Darvill assists in the building of ‘BrickHenge’
Photo by Dr Vanessa Heaslip

Participant Louise learns a new skill!

Thanks to Salisbury Museum for having us!

Festival of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum

Human Hengers will be joined by Professor Timothy Darvill and Dr Vanessa Heaslip to talk about Human Henge at the Festival of Archaeology at Sailsbury Museum this weekend – 22nd and 23rd July.

We’ll have a stand in the grounds of the museum all weekend and there will be a workshop on Sunday 1.30-2.30pm where you’ll have the chance to build ‘BrickHenge’, a scale model of Stonehenge, with bricks, a couple of sticks and a piece of string.

Festival opening times: Sat 22nd Jul 2017 10:00-17:00 — Sun 23rd Jul 2017 10:00-17:00

Entry fee: £2 donation

Below is a map of the site to help you find the Human Henge stand:

For more information about the event visit Salisbury Museum’s website

Getting there: For information about travel and parking click here 

Contact the museum Tel: 01722 332151 Email: 

Human Henge at Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference

19th, 20th and 21st June 2017 Bristol UK

The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Livestream the conference here

Timetable for the conference – Human Henge features in Peer-led and co-production in arts, heritage and health on Monday 19th June at 4pm.

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The Stonehenge Lectures 2155 by Mr BPD

This was written for the Human Henge Project and was inspired by the experiences I had, all images are photos taken by myself including the one from inside the Stone Circle.

The Stonehenge lectures 2155

Authors Resource

Name Mr BPD


About Author. I have Borderline Personality Disorder and as a writer and poet I explore my madness through the creative arts. I have a personal belief that even in darkness light exists and it is a personal responsibility to always seek the light and I find the light in creating something.

Human Henge at Salisbury Festival of Archaeology

Photo by Chris Hogg

Our Human Henge exhibition will be at the Salisbury Festival of Archaeology on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July at Salisbury Museum.

Come along and meet Human Henge participants, staff and volunteers, to discuss their experience of the project. View our exhibition, and maybe sing a  song or two. Then join Professor Darvill, world authority on Stonehenge, and Human Hengers to build BrickHenge, a scale model of Stonehenge, with bricks, a couple of sticks and a piece of string!

For more information about the festival visit,uk