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In Our Time - Architecture and power

Melvyn Bragg
The role which architecture has played in our public life throughout history, whether in homage to an individual or as a monument to an institution or ideology, has always been a potent symbol of wealth, status and power. From castles to cathedrals, from the pyramids to Canary Wharf, architecture has always served to glorify in some way the animating ideal of the time. Why is architecture such a powerful form of expression? Have architects concerned themselves mainly with the masses, or restricted their designs to the demands and aspirations of the elite? What can a country’s buildings tell us about its ideas of its own past and present identity?
Built Environment & Architecture

In Our Time - The Great Fire Of London

Melvyn Bragg
The Great Fire of London was a conflagration of unimaginable proportions – up to a third of the city was destroyed – but the burning of London, the interpretation of the fire and the arguments and ideas about what should be rebuilt give an insight into a city and a period that housed the Royal Society and the restored Stuart monarchy, a place of religious anxiety and fear of foreign invasion in a country still haunted by the Civil War.
Built Environment & Architecture

Special Interest

Discover Britain's Historic Houses - Yorkshire

Simon Jenkins , Reader's Digest Ltd , 2005
Yorkshire covers a vast area and its varied landscapes, towns and cities hold many treasures to be discovered. In this book, 92 of the most impressive, interesting or unusual dwellings - from Castle Howard and magnificent Harewood to Wilberforce House in Hull and the Brontë parsonage at Haworth
Built Environment & Architecture

The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture

J.Fleming, H.Honour & N.Pousner , Penguin Books Ltd , 1991
This dictionary provides general information on a wide range of topics in architecture, with emphasis on the history of the subject
Built Environment & Architecture

TV Documentaries

A Picture of London

BBC 2
From its early years until the present day, London has provided powerful, emotional inspiration to artists.This documentary evokes the city as seen by painters, photographers, film-makers and writers through the ages.
Built Environment & Architecture








Britain's Best Buildings - Hardwick Hall

Dan Cruickshank
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (otherwise known as Bess of Hardwick), was one of the most capable and ambitious women in Elizabethan England. Hardwick Hall has become her lasting monument and is full of coded references to her desire for one of her descendents to sit on the throne of England.
Built Environment & Architecture



Building Britain with Griff Rhys Jones

Simon Thurley
A look at British architecture and its design, influences and development over the centuries. Presented by English Heritage Chief Executive Simon Thurley, who sets out to demonstrate the uniqueness of British architecture and its links to the national character by visiting buildings as diverse as a secret military bunker in Dover and Holkham Hall in Norfolk
Built Environment & Architecture