The Helm Wind of Cumbria

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LOCATION: Cumbria WORDS & IMAGES: Eijls  ‘When heard and felt for the first time it does not seem so very extraordinary; but when we find it blowing and roaring morning, noon and night, for days together, it makes a strong

A Return to White Paint Spills In Public Places: Biannual Review 2016

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WORDS & FILM: Owen Davey This film is the inaugural White Paint Spills In Public Places Biannual Review 2016 and a follow up to last year’s White Paint Spills In Public Places Introductory Review 2015. White Paint Spills In Public

Notes from the Moor & Soggy Scribbles

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LOCATION: Yorkshire WORDS & PICTURES: Maxim Griffin ABOUT THE ARTIST: Maxim Peter Griffin is a landscape artist, cartographer and walker based in Lincolnshire.  

Landscape Laments & Incantations

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WORDS & IMAGES: Eijls  Eijls is the author of a steadily growing body of works that recall “the lost, forgotten, abandoned and mythic” landscapes of Britain. His work encompasses experimental texts, photography and found fragments.  These are sometimes accompanied by

The Strange and the Familiar: Seaside Super8

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LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex FILM: Featuring the work of Mark French, Richard Heslop, Kate Adams, Nick Pilton, Nichola Bruce, Rebecca Marshall, Sam Sharples and Andrew Kotting Made by Hastings Film Makers for the Coastal Currents project, inspired by the theme of

Fields: Churches & Rivers by Spaceship

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LOCATION: Fields, churches and rivers. MUSIC: Spaceship ART: Maxim Griffin Fields: Churches & Rivers forms the first volume of a projected ‘Fields’ series by Spaceship, with cover art by Unofficial Britain stalwart Maxim Griffin, whose work you can see reviewed

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

Radical Victorian Hastings & The Birth of Women’s Suffrage

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  LOCATION: East Sussex WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In the mid-nineteenth century, Hastings was one of the only towns in Britain where women greatly outnumbered men. The health craze for sea bathing and temperate climate attracted elderly spinsters and wealthy

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