Wiltshire's crop circles not just work of mankind, Devizes exhibition claims

Wiltshire's crop circles not just work of mankind, Devizes exhibition claims

Formation near Manton in oil seed rape seen in 2009. Picture © Annemieke Witteveen

Tony Aldridge and Derek Viner of Crop Circle Access, Coun Richard Gamble, MP Claire Perry, organiser Monique Klinkenbergh, Wiltshire Museum chairman Doug Roseaman and exhibition designer Andreas Müller. Picture by Vicky Scipio

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by , Devizes area senior reporter

A new exhibition on crop circles at Wiltshire Museum in Devizes claims the formations are not all man made.

The multi-media exhibition features a selection of high quality photos of some of the most intricate and perplexing crop circles of recent years.

There is also footage and interactive map-displays about the history, facts, research, theories and ideas regarding the crop circle phenomenon.

The exhibition was curated and compiled by Monique Klinkenbergh, of Holland, who co-founded the Crop Circle Access Pass Scheme and Centre in Wiltshire, together with long term crop circle researcher Andreas Muller, of Germany, with contributions and support by many other national and international researchers.

“Our exhibition features the not man-made aspect of crop circles. We present evidence and background facts. Since 1991 the subject was mostly presented as the result of the work of two elderly hoaxers, Dough and Dave," said Ms Klinkenbergh and Mr Muller.

“With the exhibition in Wiltshire Museum we like to set some records straight.” 

Ms Klinkenbergh said she cannot explain how crop circles occur, saying: “Regarding who or what I wish I could give the answer.

“So far it remains a mystery what force is able to create these patterns (the unexplained ones).

“At the exhibition we have created a display board with all kinds of different theories. I often do reconnaissance flights in the early morning and, in two cases, there was no formation when I left, but one when I returned. In other words a day formation. It really makes you think 'what is going on?' ”

Mr Muller said the history of crop circles dates back much longer than the late 1970s.

He said: “We can find descriptions of what one would call today ‘crop circles’ already in undated fairy tales and folklore. First documents described ‘crop circles’ already in the 16th and 17th century and in 1880 the scientific journal Nature described crop circles in Surrey.”

This summer Wiltshire Museum also hosts the Crop Circle Access Centre that provides the latest information about accessible formations. The centre includes a cinema corner featuring quadcopter videos, a library corner, free use of computers and wifi-connections.

Ms Klinkenbergh said visitors can buy a Crop Circle Access Pass, enabling them to visit the latest formations safe in the knowledge that the farmer has given permission and that they will be welcome in the field.

The pass costs £10 for the whole season and can be bought online or at Wiltshire Museum, Sticks and Stones at the Woodborough Garden Centre and Faux Art in Marlborough.

The latest information about accessible crop circles will be also available through the website www.cropcircleaccess.com and the free App for Android and Apple smartphones.

Entry to the museum is £5. People who want to revisit the Crop Circle Access Centre in the museum will receive a return ticket.

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3:52pm Sun 6 Jul 14

The_Walrus says...

Two words.
First word, bull.
Second word, ......
Two words. First word, bull. Second word, ...... The_Walrus
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

One word actually....
One word actually.... Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Paul Tucker says...

Interesting to see the local MP getting involved with these nutters.
Interesting to see the local MP getting involved with these nutters. Paul Tucker
  • Score: 2

12:03am Mon 7 Jul 14

Phorever says...

Seems odd to me that in the day of cameras on mobile phones, that sightings of UFO's, Nessie, ghosts, crop circles etc. . Have reduced. Is it because it is less likely to do a bogus claim, or is it because we are all too busy staring at our phones to see the unexplained?
Seems odd to me that in the day of cameras on mobile phones, that sightings of UFO's, Nessie, ghosts, crop circles etc. . Have reduced. Is it because it is less likely to do a bogus claim, or is it because we are all too busy staring at our phones to see the unexplained? Phorever
  • Score: 1

9:52am Mon 7 Jul 14

piddle says...

So let me get this right!! Aliens are coming from far off Galaxies to tread on the grass?
So let me get this right!! Aliens are coming from far off Galaxies to tread on the grass? piddle
  • Score: 6

10:16am Mon 7 Jul 14

Grumpyoldgit99 says...

Complete loonies. I am curious though on what basis the Devizes museum is running the exhibition. Are they treating it as a bit of fun or giving spurious credibility to a group of whacky nutjobs?
Complete loonies. I am curious though on what basis the Devizes museum is running the exhibition. Are they treating it as a bit of fun or giving spurious credibility to a group of whacky nutjobs? Grumpyoldgit99
  • Score: 2

9:37am Tue 8 Jul 14

beetawix says...

It is probably mice
It is probably mice beetawix
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Tue 8 Jul 14

mhudston says...

So this museum is trying to giver credibility to what is after all Criminal Damage of some farmers property!
So this museum is trying to giver credibility to what is after all Criminal Damage of some farmers property! mhudston
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Tue 8 Jul 14

truthseekers says...

Grumpyoldgit99 wrote:
Complete loonies. I am curious though on what basis the Devizes museum is running the exhibition. Are they treating it as a bit of fun or giving spurious credibility to a group of whacky nutjobs?
I think it is shameful that Devizes museum is backing these people who claim that this art is the work of Aliens and therefore refusing to credit the real authors who are Humans! The museum has to date made no disclaimer for people who are going in there and might be thinking that the Museum is telling to its Aliens and not just the Exhibitors using their space. I think they need to rethink this and CLEARLY STATE THAT THE MUSEUM DOES NOT NECESSARILY SHARE THE VIEWS OF THE EXHIBITION. Museums should be places of FACT not FANTASY!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpyoldgit99[/bold] wrote: Complete loonies. I am curious though on what basis the Devizes museum is running the exhibition. Are they treating it as a bit of fun or giving spurious credibility to a group of whacky nutjobs?[/p][/quote]I think it is shameful that Devizes museum is backing these people who claim that this art is the work of Aliens and therefore refusing to credit the real authors who are Humans! The museum has to date made no disclaimer for people who are going in there and might be thinking that the Museum is telling to its Aliens and not just the Exhibitors using their space. I think they need to rethink this and CLEARLY STATE THAT THE MUSEUM DOES NOT NECESSARILY SHARE THE VIEWS OF THE EXHIBITION. Museums should be places of FACT not FANTASY! truthseekers
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Bamber72 says...

No they're not all man made, women are involved too.
No they're not all man made, women are involved too. Bamber72
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Fri 11 Jul 14

truthseekers says...

The_Walrus wrote:
Two words.
First word, bull.
Second word, ......
An interesting FACT from the "Access pass" schemes own website. 24 UK formations this year... only 1 can the pass get you into the fields. WOW. This "pass" scheme is more like a "FAIL" scheme! When will this woman accept this!?
[quote][p][bold]The_Walrus[/bold] wrote: Two words. First word, bull. Second word, ......[/p][/quote]An interesting FACT from the "Access pass" schemes own website. 24 UK formations this year... only 1 can the pass get you into the fields. WOW. This "pass" scheme is more like a "FAIL" scheme! When will this woman accept this!? truthseekers
  • Score: 1

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