… the Architects’ Journal and Building Design follow. Sort of. While I reported that Denton Corker Marshall’s proposal for the new Stonehenge visitor centre was “difficult to fault… within the severe limitations of the commission”, the pros tell of a less (more…)
Looking at some evocative photos of the Patagonian coast (I seem to know a lot of people who’ve recently been out there), I was reminded of a boat that went through the Straits of Magellan in 1913. This was the auxiliary schooner Mana, registered in Whitstable in 1912, captained by William Scoresby Routledge, stewarded by his wife Katherine Routledge (nee Pease) and crewed by a curious collection of seamen, fishermen, scientists and the odd Royal (more…)
Dave Field, an archaeologist who works at English Heritage, has sent me a photo of a fascinating map of the Amesbury estate (I’ve copied a detail above) which adds to the Stonehenge milestone story. He says the map is undated, but he guesses was drawn around 1800.
As he points out, it shows milestone 79 on (more…)
And while we’re on the subject, somewhat bizarrely Barrie Marshall’s designs for the eastern Stonehenge visitor centre that is not to be (above), appear to be touring in an exhibition called Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts Projects Buildings – as one of “27 of the world’s leading museum building projects realized since the turn of the century”. Or not realized.
But if you happen to be in Edmonton next week (as I write), you can see the show, (more…)
Did you know there’s an old milestone at Stonehenge? It was once on the other side of the road from where it now stands, close to the Heelstone (above). Before that it had been sited a quarter of a mile away, but at some time between 1810 and 1877 it was moved to Stonehenge – as all the milestones on that bit of road were nudged westwards the same way.
This is the sort of Stonehenge trivia I enjoy. It doesn’t help us know anything about why Stonehenge is there or the people who built (more…)
Last week I went down to Amesbury (the town closest to Stonehenge) for the English Heritage panel that meets occasionally to discuss the information and ideas that will be presented to visitors in the new Stonehenge arrangements – whatever, and still, even, if, they might be. This was the first time I had seen Denton Corker Marshall’s architectural concept for (more…)
I started dipping into John Carey’s new biography of William Golding yesterday. Lord of the Flies – Giles Cooper’s radio dramatisation, Peter Brook’s film and the book itself, which I was given to read by an inspired English teacher when I was the same age as the boys it features – played a big part in my childhood education. I loved it, and as with Orwell’s Animal Farm, read the book several times over.
So there was a little bit of coming home when some years ago I came to live in the town where Golding grew up, and now regularly walk with my young daughter past the blue plaque put on his family’s house (left end of row in the photo above) by Marlborough town council. Carey’s book seems to be that of a literary critic (which of (more…)