Tag Archives: Conservation

Changing 20th century buildings?

In 1962 five 11th century ships were excavated from the water at Skuldev, Denmark. The reconstruction of the 5 ships and subsequent research by Ole Crumlin-Pedersen has given archaeologists valuable insight into Viking shipbuilding and history. We now know the … Continue reading

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Broken boots? What would William Morris do?

Not a question that I reflect on very often, but my situation is a broken boot, a lecture that I must give and a lecture that I would like to attend. And in itself this provides my own conservation dilemma. … Continue reading

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The colour – earth buildings and literature

One of the joys of picking up novels is finding buildings, and stories of their construction and maintenance. One of my childhood favourites is the opening of Wind in the Willows where Mole is Spring-cleaning and whitewashing his home on … Continue reading

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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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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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Getting started in earth building?

Finding some images for a short article on architecture in Turkmenistan prompted me to look through a very ancient and creaky hard-drive, and I am wondering about what guidance I would give to my much younger self on the subject … Continue reading

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House of Earth

‘House of Earth’ is Woody Guthrie’s novel finished in 1947 recently discovered and published earlier this year edited and introduced by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp. This is a tale of depression-era Dust Bowl America and the lives of Tike … Continue reading

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