Authority, authenticity and interpretation at Tintagel

Part of curtain walls of Richard, Earl of Cornwall's castle at Tintagel.

Summary This week my opinion article “Cornwall, Authenticity and the Dark Ages: Controversy at Tintagel Castle” was published by┬áHistory & Policy. Following my visit to Tintagel on 30 April, it is an attempt to bring perspective to┬áthe key issues that have caused considerable upset and concern amongst Cornish communities, medieval historians and English Heritage. The… Continue reading Authority, authenticity and interpretation at Tintagel

Made in metal: Writing the industrial background of Graham Sutherland’s war art

Earlier in the year I spent some weeks in the summer researching and writing a survey of the links between Cornwall and South Wales, particularly those evidenced in the metal industries of copper, iron and steel, and tin. It resulted in a wonderfully illustrated book called Graham Sutherland: From Darkness Into Light. War Paintings and… Continue reading Made in metal: Writing the industrial background of Graham Sutherland’s war art

Exhibition reviews on Creative Spaces

I thought about using Past Thinking as the place for exhibition and book reviews on museumy subjects that interest me, but instead I would like to contribute to content creation on Creative Spaces (National Museums Online Learning Project) particularly when the reviews related to items in the nine museum collections it hosts. I have recently… Continue reading Exhibition reviews on Creative Spaces