EMOTIONAL and physical travels through the ancient sites of Wiltshire are the inspiration behind a new exhibition coming to the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum.

Ancient Tracks, by Philip Hughes, depicts the artist’s intense relationship with the landscape that the museum’s collection encompasses.

Over the past 50 years, Hughes has returned to the ancient sites of the Ridgeway, Avebury and Stonehenge in different seasons and at different times of the day, to observe the landscape.

His drawings and paintings are accompanied by vibrant sketchbook studies. The selection of work in Ancient Tracks ranges from intricate topographical observation to abstract representation.

The exhibition coincides with the publication by Thames and Hudson of the book on Hughes's work TRACKS: Walking the Ancient Landscapes of Britain, which is available from the museum shop.

Ancient Tracks opens on October 13 and runs until January 26.