On Saturday the 15th July, coincidentally the first day of the national Festival of Archaeology, at Chipping Norton Theatre, over 400 people came along and enjoyed a mixture of displays, exhibits, talks and films to begin a year of archaeology related events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rollright Trust; the body responsible for the upkeep, protection and promotion of the Rollright Stones monuments
From 11am a steady stream of visitors wandered through the theatre, learning about the history of both the monuments and the Trust, talking to Trustees, inspecting and handling artefacts from prehistoric and Saxon times, finding out about astronomy at the monuments and the mystical art of dowsing. A series of short films running in the auditorium allowed people to relax with a hot drink or tipple from the busy bar and learn more about the Rollright Stone monuments from prehistoric times through the Shakespearean era and listen to expert opinion from professional archaeologists - ending with a wonderful animation of the Witch and King fable.
George Lambrick, chairman of the Trust formally opened proceedings and presented a talk about the Rollright Stones detailing the trials and tribulations of looking after historic places for public enjoyment. George also launched the new Rollright Stones web site and his new Rollright Stones guide book - a 'must have' for anyyone interested in local history.