White Horses and Hill Figures gallop into 2011 as Wiltshire Heritage Museum extends show

By Culture24 Staff | 03 September 2010
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A photo of a white horse carved into a green hill in white chalk
(Above) The Uffington Horse is one of the best in show at the White Horses and Hill Figures exhibition
The Wiltshire Heritage Museum has decided to extend its current White Horses and Hill Figures exhibition until February 2011 after the show of intricate landscape carvings at the Devizes venue witnessed “tremendous” visitor numbers.

A pilgrimage of guests from across the UK have trekked to the museum to explore the display of chalk figures depicted in hills, looking primarily at the “spirited” white galloping horses and military badges stamped throughout the county and beyond.

Berkshire’s Uffington White Horse, Sussex’s Long Man of Wilmington and the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset are among the beguiling large-scale spectres whose mystiques are unravelled, charting their creation, stories, legends and folklore as well as the work required to preserve them.
Related ephemera, unseen items from the WHM’s collections and artistic interpretations of the designs also feature.

“The exhibition has been such a tremendous success,” said Exhibition Officer Jenna Spellane.

“We are so pleased to be able to give even more visitors the opportunity to see this fascinating and visually stunning exploration of some of the most beautiful and iconic features of the landscape.

“Later in the autumn we will be transforming the exhibition by adding a whole host of exciting and original new artworks by locally, nationally and internationally important artists.”

Exhibition continues until February 27 2011. Click here for more pictures of the carvings.
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