~e; the Later C20 Landscape

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Mon, 22 Nov 2004 21:30:11 -0600

forwarded from the industrial archaeology list...
(includes electrical infrastructure; poles, towers,
power plants, particle accelerators, other, etc...)

> [Apologies for cross-postings - please forward to colleagues or lists 
> that
> may be interested]
> - English Heritage to encourage debate on
> later 20th century landscape -
> Cars and motorways, airports and tower blocks, council estates and
> shopping malls. Nuclear weapons, power stations, wind farms and the
> moonlanding. The smell of fast food, music festivals, TV and the web, 
> easy
> travel and shrinking distances.
> All these defined the later 20th century. Like it or not, they have 
> shaped
> who we are and is already ¡¥heritage¡¦. Yet for many people, the 
> physical
> structures erected during the last 50 years are unwelcome, representing
> the destruction of an older and idyllic landscape.
> Change and Creation, a programme of debate, consultation and public
> engagement launched on 19th November at an academic conference, 
> represents
> the first attempt to better understand the nature and value of the 
> later
> 20th century landscape, how people perceive it, and what should be 
> done to
> manage change in the future. It is designed and led by English 
> Heritage in
> collaboration with University of Bristol, University College London and
> Atkins Heritage.
> The general public can now participate in the debate by sending their
> thoughts to web@changeandcreation.org. The following questions may be
> considered:
> „X What do you remember most clearly about the 20th century? How are 
> these
> events and activities still represented in the landscape?;
> „X What do you appreciate, dislike or miss about the later 20th century
> landscape?;
> „X What should go and what should replace it? Would you prefer our
> landscape to be more like it was in the early 20th century?; and
> „X Do you have ideas for engaging your community, school or local 
> society
> with aspects of the 20th century landscape?
> Dr John Schofield of English Heritage, said:¡¨ The diverse, powerful 
> and
> often contested nature of the recent and contemporary past is the 
> starting
> point of this programme. Our decisions about what to lose or what to
> replace it with must be guided and informed by careful understanding. 
> ¡§
> Dr Dan Hicks of the University of Bristol said, "The Programme raises
> questions over how we define and characterise heritage. Such questions 
> are
> very welcome, especially as part of the importance of the remains of 
> the
> 1950s or 1980s lies in personal memories and community identities. By
> encouraging dialogue, and a diversity of contributions - about football
> stadiums, festival sites or industrial landscapes, for example - Change
> and Creation promises to make a highly significant and open-minded
> contribution to our understanding of the historic environment.¡¨
> As the programme develops, it will engage a wide segment of society ¡V 
> from
> academics, archaeologists and professionals to government 
> organisations,
> heritage managers and culture critics - in a debate on its scope and
> direction. It will seek to forge partnerships across organisations with
> widely differing views and approaches, provide a framework under which
> individual projects can be carried out, and pioneer trans-disciplinary
> study methods for understanding the later 20th century landscape. It 
> will
> identify and characterise distinctive and influential late 20th century
> landscape types in broad terms, focussing strongly on landscape 
> character,
> not the study of individual buildings.
> More details about the programme¡¦s background, aims and possibilities 
> can
> be found on http://www.changeandcreation.org and in the programme 
> booklet,
> Change and Creation: historic landscape character 1950 ¡V 2000.
> [end]
> Issued by English Heritage
> For further press information, please contact Renee Fok at English
> Heritage Corporate Communications on 0207 973 3297 or 
> renee.fok@english-
> heritage.org.uk, or Hannah Johnson at University of Bristol Public
> Relations Office on 0117 928 8896 or Hannah.johnson@bristol.ac.uk

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