Having an understanding about the past can improve mental wellbeing and create a sense of identity. Getting out into the landscape and exploring heritage sites can be a great way to bring people together, but fortified with information even individually or in smaller groups can create admiration and wonderment towards the places in which you live.
There is growing recognition about the value of archaeology and heritage to the wellbeing of people. The Wiltshire Council Archaeology Service plays an essential part in safeguarding our heritage through ensuring archaeology, which is to be destroyed through development, gets properly excavated and recorded and through managing the Historic Environment Record (HER). This information forms the basis for academic research such as the recent synthesis of The Rural Settlement of Roman Britain. The HER also provides a free service to the general public who are interested to know more about their local area. It can be accessed online and reports are available to view by appointment at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
The Archaeology Service also shares information about exciting new discoveries via presentations to the public but we also lead various walks to some of our most outstanding heritage sites. This last year we led walks in the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site, to Iron Age hillforts and to visit our registered battlefield at Roundway Down.
Simply put, a bit of culture therapy that can make you feel better!