Stonehenge to Livestream Summer Solstice for First Time Ever
The mystical site will be the center of a June 21 virtual event.
The coronavirus pandemic is now even affecting the druids, who will find their June 21st efforts to welcome the new season at the United Kingdom's Stonehenge stymied by social distancing.
Or, at the very least, they won't be able to do any virgin sacrifices, as for the first time in history, the 2020 summer solstice at the historic site will be broadcast live over the internet, and most people online aren't into that sort of thing.
The English Heritage organization that supervises the site made the decision, and Travel & Leisure reports that is "a big deal," because "in 2015, about 23,000 people attended the summer solstice event."
In a statement, Stonehenge director Nichola Tasker said that they hope that their livestream will offer "an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year."
Sadly, we can’t visit our historic places in person, but we’ll do our best to bring you the fascinating stories here on Instagram.⠀ On 26 October 1918, Stonehenge was offered by Cecil and Mary Chubb to Sir Alfred Mond, First Commissioner of Works, as a gift for the nation. Cecil Chubb had bought Stonehenge for £6600 at a local auction just three years previously.⠀ Prior to 1918, the monument was propped up with wooden poles and some of the stones were in danger of collapse. Increasing numbers of visitors through the late 19th century had led to damage, with people regularly chipping the stones for souvenirs and scratching their names on the monument. Although this was largely halted by the introduction of an admission charge and attendant policeman from 1901 onwards, the monument itself was still in a perilous condition.⠀ Thanks to the Chubbs' generosity, Stonehenge was saved. English Heritage’s predecessors, The Office of Works, began to care for the monument, restoring many of the fallen stones and undertaking a major survey and programme of excavation. Today, the ancient monument is looked after by English Heritage on behalf of the nation.⠀ Pictured: Stonehenge bathed in light | Cecil Chubb and his wife Mary | Members of staff and their families forming a 100 at the stones in 2018 to mark 100 years of care and conservation of the monument.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #englishheritage #stonehenge #historicplaces #historicproperties #neolithic #monument #culture #history #heritage #salisbury #wiltshire #uk #britain #england #englishheritagesites #charity #conservation
In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history lived an ancient race of people—the Druids. No one knows who they were, or what they were doing, but we know they didn't have streaming media. So score one for modern living.
Pagans and modern Druids will likely be disappointed at this year's celebration, but at least it's a lot safer at the moment to just get your heathen on in self-isolation. To enjoy Stonehenge's ambiance you can look for the Livestream June 21 on English Heritage’s Facebook page.