Archaeology Now (or What I found when I was looking for the Bronze Age on Skeleton Hill)

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LOCATION: Lincolnshire WORDS & PICTURES: Maxim Griffin   Striking out on a bright Friday in March – I’ve got a job on with some archaeologists and I’m heading to the far side of the bypass to scope out the bronze

An Unreliable Guide to London

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LOCATION: Erm…. WORDS: Gareth E Rees If you’re a regular reader of Unofficial Britain, you’ll know that I like to walk around chain store car parks, writing things down. It’s something of an obsession. On this website I’ve described my

Heaven is a marsh in Winter

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LOCATION: Essex WORDS: Gary Budden PICTURES: Maxim Griffin The book I chose to take deep into Essex’s marshland (from a choice of many) was The Hamlyn Guide to Birds, revised edition, published 1987. It’s been with me as long as I

Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain – Portrait of a Country on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the new documentary, Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain, Sleaford Mods (Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson) tour parts of Britain that don’t exist in the minds of many: boarded-up streets in towns bereft of their founding industries, left to

Lost Bus Routes

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LOCATION: Yorkshire FILM: John Ledger Lost Bus Routes and Pre-Election Rambles is a spoken word account of a series of rambles myself and a friend, Michael Hill, did around former mining villages we grew up in, on the eve of the 2015

White Paint Spills in Public Places

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FILM: Owen D. Davey The above video is a ten-minute essay by Owen D. Davey about why he photographs white paint spills in public places and encourages others to do the same. White Paint Spills In Public Places is an

Port Lympne: Matrimony at the Fascist Zoo

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LOCATION: Kent WORDS & PICTURES: Kit Caless One gentle morning the post arrived when I was working from home. I opened an envelope that had something flat, rectangular and solid inside. It was a wedding invitation from an old school

Going Coastal with Maxim Griffin

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LOCATION: Lincolnshire WORDS & PICTURES: Maxim Peter Griffin ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maxim Peter Griffin is a landscape artist, cartographer and walker based in Lincolnshire. You can read Unofficial Britain’s profile of the artist here: Wobbly Lincolnshire Landscapes Click here to read Walk

Astronaut, Spelunker, Deep Sea Diver*

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WORDS & FILM: Emma Bolland LOCATION: Somewhere in Staffordshire, possibly… This is a true and faithful transcript of the story of the cave-wood as related to me by B­––– in the autumn of 2015. Whilst she assured me that the

Unseen Places: Exploring ‘Hidden’ Topography in a Historic Upland Landscape

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LOCATION: Black Mountains, South Wales WORDS: Eddie Procter Transcript of a talk given at the Tertulia: Radical Pastoral event on 13th September 2015 at the Arnolfini, Bristol. In Museum Without Walls, Jonathan Meades contends that “We are surrounded by the