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Reading the Landscape

Synopsis
Looks at two landscapes and traces the social history that created them. The first is that of East Lulworth in Dorset where the changing pattern of power relationships and ownership are traced through the village church, the castle, the army tank ranges and nearby Binden Abbey. A 17th-century Catholic chapel ‘hidden’ in the castle grounds reveals the religious loyalties of the local landowning gentry. The second landscape is that of Styal in Cheshire where the shift from land-based to industrial power and its associated social developments (the creation of the working class) is revealed by the cotton spinning and weaving mill at Quarry Bank, a 19th-century ‘green field’ development, and the specially built mill workers’ village. Includes a discussion of ‘heritage’ and the lessons to be learned from the way the histories of Lulworth and Styal are being ‘re-presented’ to the public.
Series
Society and Social Science: A Foundation Course, Course D103
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 49 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
Off-air recording licence
Sale; 1998 sale: £195.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
History
Keywords
Cheshire; Dorset; heritage centres; industrial development; industrialisation; Lulworth; social history; Styal; textile industries

Credits

Producer
Jeremy Cooper
Cast
Stuart Hall 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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