13 Jul 2018 | Landscapism

On Arcadia

Hotfoot from viewing new documentary film Arcadia, some initial thoughts on what seems quite a zeitgeist-y piece of work for those in the landscape/ place bubble.Directed by Paul Wright, the film is constructed from digitised footage in the BFI Na...

17 Apr 2018 | Landscapism

Pagan sampler interlude

New substantive post on the way soon, an archaeology of walking; in the meantime here's a musical interlude, some post-Easter pagan and animist sounds.Trembling Bells - Christ's Entry Into GovanGoat - Let It BurnMandy Morton and Spriguns (Spriguns of T...

04 Jan 2018 | Landscapism

Pathways through long winter days until bright Phoebus shines down again

A quick ramble here through an assemblage of mid-winter cultural highlights. If record shops are a species indicator of a civilised polis (which they surely are), then it was good to have affirmation that the force remains strong in Bristol with the opening of a new Rough Trade store. A first wander around the racks yielded Bright Pheobus, songs by Lal and Mike Waterson, newly re-released on vinyl. Its 'lost folk-rock classic' story is unfurled in sleeve notes by Pete Paphides largely replica...

31 Mar 2017 | Landscapism

Take the long road and walk it

Mapped above is the route of a week long walk I will be undertaking in June, linking up the estate landscapes and medieval route-ways of the three case studies of my PhD research: Llanthony Priory, Llantarnam Abbey and Tintern Abbey in the southern Wel...

21 Feb 2017 | Landscapism

Hatterall – Hill towards the sun

The Hatterall ridge looking north from its southern-most point at Trewyn 'hill fort'.The Hatterall, or versions of it, is a long-standing name used in times past for the eastern uplands of the Black Mountains, now used more particularly for the heights...

29 Jan 2017 | Landscapism

This Machine Kills Fascists

All You Fascists Bound To Lose - Woody Guthrie (a real American hero)I’m gonna tell you fascistsYou may be surprisedThe people in this worldAre getting organizedYou’re bound to loseYou fascists bound to loseRace hatred cannot stop usThis one thing we k...

05 Jan 2017 | Landscapism

New Paths to Helicon Part 1

New Paths to Helicon Part 1, sublime dread from Mogwai juxtaposed with footage from US atom bomb testing in Nevada (via zootelevizor/ YouTube). And if you survive this, then try the My Bloody Valentine remix of Mogwai Fear Satan. Happy N...

08 Nov 2016 | Landscapism

In search of monastic granges

The sandstone of Tintern's abbey church: 'purple through mauve and buff to grey’ under a glowering November sky. Over the last couple of days I have been out and about in the exceptional Autumnal light, ranging across the Anglo-Welsh borderland of...

04 Oct 2016 | Landscapism

Tales of cartographic landscapes

Having spent most of the last month in my study/ spare room garret, I am now emerging for fresh air having completed the drafts of two PhD chapters on the subject of my first case study landscape: the Black Mountains manors of Llanthony Priory, collect...

23 Jun 2016 | Landscapism

Llanthony Priory – landscape perception survey

As part of my PhD research I am carrying out a survey into present day perceptions of the impact of Llanthony Priory on the surrounding historic landscape of the Vale of Ewyas/ Llanthony Valley in the Black Mountains. If you know the area and would be willing to partipate in the survey then you can complete it on line below. Create your own user feedback survey Further information on my PhD research can be found here.

21 May 2016 | Landscapism

Field research

One of the attractions of researching landscape history is the opportunity to combine a range of sources of evidence: direct investigation in the field, archival documents, maps, aerial photography and satellite imagery, and the testimony of people bot...

22 Apr 2016 | Landscapism

Ultima Thule

'Concerning Thule, our historical information is still more uncertain, on account of its outside position; for Thule, of all the countries that are named, is set farthest north. 'Strabo, Geography, 1st century BCThe term 'Ultima Thule' was us...