Land of Bones and Stones


Made up of 14 local organisations, including Artsreach, and led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership is an innovative mix of archaeologists, artists, historians, landowners, naturalists, teachers and, most importantly local people.

Everyone has come together to safeguard the South Dorset Ridgeway landscape, help people enjoy it and feel pride for an area that many experts consider as important as that around Stonehenge.The Partnership delivered a range of activities over the five year period, valued at nearly £3 million, and Artsreach ran a variety of successful projects as part of the partnership.

The magical short film below celebrates the art and landscape of a unique part of Dorset. Land of Bone & Stone was produced by The Arts Development Company and the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The film features 11-year-old Charlotte Gale from Dorchester and is set to ‘To The Stones’ by acclaimed folk band Ninebarrow from Swanage. The song was commissioned by Artsreach for the Ridgeway project.

Artsreach South Dorset Ridgeway Projects

“This area is so important in terms of biodiversity and is a huge asset to the South West’s tourist offer. HLF’s investment will help conserve this precious ‘landscape of our ancestors’, ensuring people from near and far can better understand its history and, most importantly, help them enjoy one of the most diverse Neolithic and Bronze Age landscapes in Europe.”

Phil Collins, HLF South West