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Amesbury History Centre CIO



Christina Gane


Christina was born in Poole and lived in Bournemouth and Shaftesbury before moving to Amesbury four years ago. She studied as a mature undergraduate student at Southampton University and went on to be awarded a Master’s Degree in History, and a Diploma in Modern Social History Research by the Open University.  Her interests are Victorian censuses and the development of 17th-century landscapes. Christina was an office manager for 8 years and then found herself in her dream job as a school librarian at Stonehenge School until she retired.


Mark Verbinnen

Deputy Chair

Mark is an Aircraft Engineer based at MOD Boscombe Down. He joined the Trustees in 2018 after being invited to manage the website and communications. Mark is a Town Councillor and committee member of the local Chamber of Trade, using his contacts to help publicise Amesbury to a wider audience and bring tourists to the History Centre.


Norman Parker


His introduction to historical research began in 1940 when he joined Vickers Armstrong at their Weybridge Works. He worked throughout the war repairing crashed Wellington bombers and Spitfires. This continued post-war at High Post and Chilbolton. It was briefly interrupted by a spell in the RAF before joining the Ministry of Defence at MOD Boscombe Down in 1951. He worked at Fairey Aviation between 1955 and 1958 on the Fairey Delta 1&2. He joined Pains-Wessex as a quality manager, until he retired. In 1975 he formed, with Peter Goodhugh, the Amesbury Society and in 2012 established the Amesbury History Centre. Norman continues to volunteer at the History Centre a number of times a week and has always proven to be a source of knowledge for visitors.


Peter Emblin


Peter is a retired prototype body maker having spent 40 years working for Jaguar/Landrover. Having moved to Amesbury in 2017 he learned about Blickmead. This encouraged him to learn more about the area and volunteer at the History Centre. Being an amateur photographer Peter was asked to make a record of all the items on display for a digital record, and in 2018 he was asked to take on the Secretary’s job for the Amesbury History Centre with great help from the outgoing secretary. He is really looking forward to the opening of the New Amesbury History Centre and the challenges it will bring.


Sarah Heath


Sarah is originally from Chichester, West Sussex and has over 12 years of experience in the Accounting and Bookkeeping Industry, from working with corporate giants to supporting small local businesses. Having spent time living in Scotland and the Netherlands, she is now settled in Amesbury and runs her own local bookkeeping firm, Solstice Bookkeeping. Sarah is also the Treasurer for the Stonehenge Chamber of Trade and is passionate about supporting the local community.


Paul Horrobin


Paul is a retiree from looking after the day to day running of Antrobus House (Amesbury). After leaving school he served his time as an apprentice steel fabricator. Following this, he spent 4 years in the RAF fire service. On leaving, he continued as a Fireman for the next 18 years. Over the years he has developed and run a selection of very diverse businesses. Paul has been a Town Councillor and remains an active fundraiser for the RNLI. He has a keen interest in history which eventually led him to the Amesbury History Centre where he became one of the founder members of the CIO. 


Penny Davies


Penny is originally from Ipswich in Suffolk. She qualified as a barrister in 1995 and spent five years in private practice in chambers in London, covering a range of work involving criminal and civil litigation.  In 2000 she was commissioned into the British Army as a Legal Officer.  Over the past 20 years, Penny has worked in a broad range of international and domestic law areas and been posted across the world including Bosnia, Germany, New Zealand, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus, United States and the UK. Penny has a degree in Law LLB (Hons) and a Master’s degree in Defence Studies from Kings’ College London. She has volunteered with a number of charities, including as Chairman of the British Forces Animal Rescue & Rehoming Centre in the Sovereign Base Areas, Cyprus for two years. Penny has been a volunteer with English Heritage at Stonehenge for two years, with Oxford University Museums volunteers and most recently at the Blick Mead dig in Amesbury.  Penny has been a member of the Amesbury History Centre for two years.


Chris Kenward


After serving 25 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps I transferred to the Scientific Civil Service and was awarded an MBE in 2001.  A keen chess player I served as Chairman of the Salisbury Chess Club for 12 tears and during that time organised a Grand Master event in Salisbury which won the English Chess Federation Small Club of the Year 2006 award.  As a resident of Amesbury since 1986 my other maim interest is Medieval History and have been a committee member of The Amesbury Society for a number of years.


James Johnston


James has lived in Amesbury for 13 years in a property that sits within the original boundaries of Vespasian’s Camp. James like many Amesbury residents is both proud and fascinated by our town’s amazing history which can now be traced back to 6000 years before Stonehenge.

James is a serving British Army Officer married to Sandra with a young daughter: Scarlett and a slightly eccentric female Bengal cat: Keera.

Apart from Amesbury’s rich history, James’s interests include hill walking, winter sports, surfing, gardening, classic cars and the occasional pint. 

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