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Radio Recordings

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?

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.

Special Interest

Discover Britain's Historic Houses - Yorkshire

Simon Jenkins , Reader's Digest Ltd
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

The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture

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

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.

Andrew Marr's Megacities - Cities on the Edge

BBC 1 ,
Safety and security are two of the biggest challenges faced by each and every metropolis. Whether earthquake, terrorism, flood or just crime, it's the geology, politics and social makeup of the megacities that make them some of the most profitable and dangerous places to live.

Baroque! - From St Peter's to St Paul's - Episode 1

Waldemar Januszczak ,
Three-part series exploring the Baroque tradition in many of its key locations. Starting in Italy and following the spread of the wildfire across Europe and beyond, art critic Waldemar Januszczak takes a tour of the best examples of Baroque to be found, and tells the best stories behind those works.

Baroque! - From St Peter's to St Paul's - Episode 2

Waldemar Januszczak ,
Waldemar Januszczak takes us on a tour of the best examples of Baroque to be found, and tells the best stories behind those works. He follows Baroque to its dark heart in Spain, focusing on the route of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and featuring star painters Velasquez, Caravaggio and Zurburan.

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.

Building Britain with Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer searches out the best and worst architecture in the East of England and explores options for the future of the region. This programme complements David Dimbleby's series "How We Built Britain"

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