Very seductive and a little dangerous: Celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday

Queen Victoria described how she 'would venture to warn against too great an intimacy with artists as it is very seductive and a little dangerous'. But she was a monarch that relied on the art and visual culture of the nineteenth century. Utilising painting, prints, and the new technology of photography, she got intimate with artists, … Continue reading Very seductive and a little dangerous: Celebrating Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday

Taking the (chocolate) biscuit: Cadbury advertising campaign gets it wrong

Some of you may remember the recent controversy over an advertising campaign produced by chocolate manufacturer, Cadbury. The campaign, based upon the 'Freddo Treasures' chocolates, suggested people could go hunting for hidden treasure in the countryside around them. The problem? They didn't consult with legislative bodies, police, or the archaeological or heritage communities. Here's a … Continue reading Taking the (chocolate) biscuit: Cadbury advertising campaign gets it wrong

‘So to the land our hearts we give’: Exploring Sussex in Art

In 1902, the writer Rudyard Kipling published Sussex, a poem highlighting the close, natural, and interdependent relationship between humans and the landscape, and I quote ‘So to the land our hearts we give,/ Till the sure magic strike / And Memory, Use, and Love make live / Us and our fields alike’. Greatly influenced by … Continue reading ‘So to the land our hearts we give’: Exploring Sussex in Art

Always Slightly Somewhere Else: Ravilious in Sussex

In today's blog post, I share the text and images for my talk on Eric Ravilious, which I gave at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.  In his book The Old Ways the traveller and writer Robert Macfarlane describes the artist Eric Ravilious’ depictions of the Sussex landscape as ‘dreamy watercolours of the prehistoric tracks of … Continue reading Always Slightly Somewhere Else: Ravilious in Sussex