||19th June 2003 NORTH and south Wiltshire are going head to head in a poll to find out people’s favourite part of the county’s heritage.
The poll is part of Window on Wiltshire’s Heritage, an innovative £425,000 project – run by Wiltshire County Council and funded by the New Opportunities Fund – to set up a major web-based resource revealing the county’s history and culture.
Nominees so far include the Avebury landscape and Salisbury Cathedral – setting up a battle between north and south for the top spot.
Other nominees include a medieval chessman discovered during an archaeological dig in Ivy Street, Salisbury (now on display in Salisbury Museum), and Alvediston as seen from the tomb of former British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden in the village churchyard. Sir Anthony Eden lived in the village following his retirement from politics.
Green Lane Wood, Trowbridge, the Roman villa in Bradford on Avon, Castle Combe village, the hill forts around Warminster, Malmesbury market cross and Stonehenge have also featured among the nominations.
There is still plenty of time for people to nominate their favourites, with voting continuing into next year.
Nominations can be anything from an ancient tree to a modern sculpture or from an archaeological site to a favourite painting.
The results of the poll are being published on the web site, together with photographs. Details and photographs of some of the nominations are already online.
To make a nomination, log on to www.wowheritage.org.uk
WOW Heritage project officer, Kate Turnbull, said: “There has been a wide range of nominations for the WOW My Favourite poll, from the best known parts of Wiltshire’s heritage, such as Stonehenge, to some of its lesser known treasures.
“People still have plenty of time to make their nominations, which are being featured with photographs on the WOW web site.”
Phase two of the Window on Wiltshire’s Heritage project has just been launched with a number of new features.
These include ‘Discover’, which allows visitors to search for aspects of Wiltshire’s heritage by theme or keyword. The five themes available so far are archives for All, Wiltshire Buildings, Wiltshire’s Museums, Windows to the Past, and Wiltshire Archaeology.
Kate added: “Phase two of WOW means visitors to the site are now able to search for a
variety of heritage information by theme or keyword. The amount of information available
will substantially increase as the project develops over the next 18 months.”
The project, which is due to be completed by the end of 2004, will improve public access
to a wide range of information about the county – covering heritage, culture and the natural environment.
The project involves a total of 19 partner organisations. The WOW Heritage web site will act as a portal, connecting to the partner sites. The Window on Wiltshire’s Heritage homepage can be found at www.wowheritage.org.uk.