Author Archives: Louise Cooke

About Louise Cooke

conservation, heritage, landscapes, earth buildings and other interesting things

Conservation inside the box

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has recently launched the ‘Box the Hill House’ appeal to raise an additional £1.5 million for a total project budget of £4.5 million to provide conservation repairs for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House, Helensburgh. … Continue reading

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A culture:nature journey

As part of the 19th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in Delhi I am co-covening a session with Chris Dunn on “A Spectrum of Culture and Nature – From Abandoned Buildings to Wilderness” This session will explore the nexus of culture … Continue reading

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Habitat – Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet

  I am delighted to be amongst the contributors to the landmark publication Habitat – Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet which has just been published by Thames and Hudson. The gloriously illustrated book celebrates humanity’s ability to create buildings … Continue reading

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exploited landscape stories

For the last 31 months (or since April 2014) I’ve been working for the North York Moors National Park on the development of the This Exploited Land HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme. In the time I’ve been working on this project my blog … Continue reading

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melting earth

Landscapes are made up of lots of different things and one of the most fascinating aspects of earth buildings is the cyclical ways in which they are made, un-made, remade and un-made. The process of making is linked to the geology … Continue reading

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Archaeology and shoes in the Vale of Pickering

This is a brilliant ‘new’ find not of really old archaeology – but of the material culture left behind by archaeologists. This is a pair of boots left behind by archaeologists at some time between 1978 and 1984 when the … Continue reading

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Women and mothers

International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday just got me thinking about some of the remarkable women I’ve encountered when I have been researching earthen architecture around the world. With some lovely images of women doing what women do in Bairam … Continue reading

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