Monthly Archives: September 2011

Metaphors of the country house and heritage

Lingering over the last 2 chapters of Alexandra Harris in Romantic Moderns exploring metaphors of the country house in art and literature. I think what is interesting is how many of the themes resonant with the heritage issues, where the … Continue reading

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memory, materials, heritage values, and earth buildings

I’ve been writing (rather late I know) a pre-print paper for the Terra 2012 conference in Peru next April.  But it has got me thinking more about how the tensions apparent in the conservation of earth buildings might play out … Continue reading

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Turfscript – walking, archaeology and ancient history

Reading the landscape, back to the inspiring Romantic Moderns again for some more thoughts about landscape, archaeology and art. H. J. Massingham in The Genius of England, describes the prehistoric  landscape as “the turfscript of these abandoned downs” (cited Harris, … Continue reading

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landscape, archaeology and art

Last night the opening of Art from Archaeology in the Vale of Pickering,  Etched lines in a linear landscape. A collaboration between The Landscape Research Centre and artist Paul Musgrove. Paul’s work is beautiful, and a thought provoking way of increasing … Continue reading

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really enjoying – Romantic Moderns

Romantic Moderns by Alexandra Harris – explores the 1930s and 1940s through its writers and painters. As a cultural history of both place and time – its a big book with a lot of content, breadth and connections but it is … Continue reading

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Heritage Open Days in the Vale of Pickering

An action packed Heritage Open Day saturday, this started with guided walks at East Heslerton, were we introduced visitors to the work the Landscape Research Centre have been undertaking (both survey and targetted excavation at East Heslerton) and the broader … Continue reading

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when sustainable is a dirty and scary word…

Following the debate on planning reforms – look at the small print with George Monbiot: “The wrecking ball swinging from this chain is the government’s redefinition of sustainable development. “Development means growth”, the new document says, and “without growth, a … Continue reading

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