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Stonehenge competition: Circle visit and exhibition

Closes: 2 Feb 2020. Exclusive to RPS members

Experience Stonehenge close up with our member competition.

English Heritage archaeologist Susan Greaney will take a small group of RPS members into the stone circle at dawn for a guided tour of the monument. On return to the visitor centre, they will enjoy a private view of Your Stonehenge – 150 Years of Personal Photos – the new special exhibition at Stonehenge. Created entirely from photos sent in by visitors, this exhibition offers a fascinating glimpse of the recent social history of Stonehenge. These snapshots from family albums chart the changing of fashions, poses, photography and the way that the monument itself has changed.

About the prize:

  • Fifteen RPS members will be randomly selected.
  • Each winning member will be able to bring a guest.
  • Winners to provide own transport to/from Stonehenge.
  • Tour date: Wednesday 25 March 2020 from 7am–9am.
  • Competition closing date: 2 February 2020.
  • Draw date: 4 February 2020.

For full terms and conditions click here.

This competition is now closed.


About the exhibition:

Your Stonehenge – 150 years of personal photos

Closes: Late August 2020.

Following last year’s call to mark 100 years of public ownership of the monument, English Heritage was inundated with images spanning three centuries. Your Stonehenge – 150 years of personal photos features 148 of these images with ten specially selected by Guest Curator Martin Parr HonFRPS. Collectively, the photos reveal Stonehenge as a backdrop for romance, poignant moments and enduring memories.

The most recent photo in the exhibition is taken by Parr himself at the 2019 Autumn Equinox, and features an unknown couple taking a selfie against the backdrop of the stones. English Heritage hopes to track down the people photographed and provide them with a signed copy of Martin’s image, taken on what will no doubt have been a day at Stonehenge they will always remember.

Martin Parr said, “I first photographed Stonehenge years ago and it was fantastic to be invited back to photograph it again for this exhibition. I loved looking at the images that people sent in. They really show what the stones mean to people and how our relationship with a site like Stonehenge has changed and yet stayed the same through time. I want to find the couple in the image I took at Autumn Equinox and present them with a copy of their photo, and I’d really love to see the picture that they were taking at the time!”

The earliest photograph on display is from 1875. This is believed to be the earliest family photograph (top picture) taken at the circle. The photo was sent to English Heritage by the descendants of Isabel, Maud and Robert Routh, who are pictured in a horse and carriage enjoying a day out at the stones. English Heritage is asking for people to get in touch if they know of an earlier family snap at Stonehenge.

If you have a family photo taken at Stonehenge which is earlier than 1875 or are part of the couple in Martin Parr’s Autumn Equinox “Kissing Selfie” photo please contact: