Artist and landscape explorer Christina Bryant has spent a year exploring sites on the fringes of Letchworth for her Hidden Landscapes project. And on Thursday August 15 at 7.00, she will be at the Letchworth Arts Centre (2, The Arcade) speaking about what she has uncovered.
The talk forms part of the Hidden Landscapes exhibition on from August 9 to 30 in the Arts Centre’s Main Gallery. Christina’s project has been supported by the Arts Council with additional backing from Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and combines art and archaeology. Christina, who grew up in Letchworth, worked closely with North Herts District Council archaeology officer Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews. It should make for a fascinating evening.
Christina spent 12 months exploring chosen sites located along the urban fringes of Letchworth Garden City. Her interest is in the spaces that straddle the urban and the country, the ‘wilderness’ that lies just beyond the codes and surveillance of the town. Her focus was on areas showing evidence of current or recent human occupation, recording, mapping and surveying the rubbish and debris from the selected locations. She used the painstaking methods of an archaeologist to help explore what links us with our everyday landscape.
The exhibition is a fascinating blend of drawings, maps and finds from the various sites that will be very familiar to residents of Letchworth including: Norton Common, the old quarry on Wilbury Hills and the A1(M) underpass.
Christina, a Letchworth resident, is keen to get local people involved with the project as much as possible. In addition to the exhibition, she is organising a ‘wilderness excavation’ at one of the sites which anyone will be welcome to attend. This will give people a chance first hand to experience her project, seeing Letchworth from a completely different perspective! Finally, her talk will give Letchworth residents, art or archaeology enthusiasts a chance to listen to her unique take on the Garden City.
She graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2004 and completed her MA in 2011 at Wimbledon College of Art. She has had a number of national exhibitions, both solo and group, during this period.
For more information, you can contact here at info or click on the website link below.
Hidden Landscapes Project
Ashwell End (Bluegates Farm) Geophysical Survey, Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August inclusive – led by Kris Lockyear – volunteers required for one or more days – contact Ellen hertsgeosurvey
Saturday 24th August, 2pm: NHAS members are kindly invited by the Norton Community Archaeology Group to the open day at this year’s dig on the increasingly interesting and important Neolithic Henge at Norton. Guided tours by the site director, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.
Magna Carta 800: St Albans 2013
A fun packed programme of music and medieval mayhem.
This summer’s Magna Carta events are inspired by the 800th anniversary of St Alban’s unique place in the history of the Magna Carta.
Magna Carta 1213-1215: The Journey Starts Here Exhibition
Museum of St Albans until 15 September
On view King Henry I coronation charter – the precursor to the Magna Carta
1215 Magna Carta on view at St Albans Cathedral
Saturday 3rd – Thursday 29th August
Entry by ticket
Saturday 14th, 1pm to midnight & Sunday 15th September, 1pm to 5pm: Caldecote 11th century Church near Ashwell – Open Days with live classical and jazz music and cream teas. To raise funds for the repair of the tower. See attached poster.
Caldecote Church Friends
Patron: The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Caldecote
Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Caldecote
PLEASE SEE EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT ATTACHED!
COME ALONG – AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS!
If you are unable to come, a donation to Caldecote Church Friends for the ‘Tower Roof Fund’ will be welcomed!
Enquiries / offers of help / donations / corrections to address details
1 Farm Cottages, Caldecote, Baldock, Herts. SG7 5LD
Tel: 0774230 1812
See also attached details of our latest booklet.
Information kindly sent by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.
Thursday 24th October, 8pm: Professor Mike Parker Peason, University College, London, Institute of Archaeology, will give a lecture on ‘Prehistoric Henges’ at the Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth Garden City. Organised by Norton Community Archaeology Group.
The British Museum –
28 March – 29 September 2013
Tickets on sale
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