Two walks feature in an upcoming micro published book and exhibition in Bath. Find another Bath 44AD November 15 -20. The Plaqued and the unPlaqued was a wayfaring experience in the enchanted city discovering who got tagged in Bath's late Victorian plaquing frenzy. We shared knowledge and quizzed passers by as to who these people were and what they did and why there were in Bath. We also explored some of those who didnt get plaques, many of Baths Last Legal Slaveowners were keen to be memorialised in death but even the infamous William Beckford although he gets the plaque it does not record the source of his vast wealth. Our addiction to sugar, obesity and diabetes could be considered a part of his legacy. Some strange neighbours for William Wilberforce and Jane Austen.
From the Unplaqued a further walk takes us To The Burial Grounds,: from a wooded and picturesque Victorian graveyard where more of Bath's great and good are buried and memorialised to the workhouse field on the edge of town. Here in the Bath Union Workhouse burial ground over 3000 men, women and children are buried without memorials or a even plaque on the site. Lumps in the grass mark last resting places. For the efficiency of the grasscutting even an evolving central cluster of random stones has recently been removed. Here Lorna Brunstein made a small and moving performance, "From Field to Plate' which is documented for FindanotherBath. as " such lovely earth to lie in" bearing witness at the end of the walk.
A new project beginning to shape up developing work on Bath's Last Legal Slave Owners and the idea of a larger river walk sense-ing the legacies of slavery and slaveownership.
A disenchanted walk in time, space and place.
The River Avon powered the brass mills between Bath and Bristol that produced the brass manillas that were the currency of the slave trade. Here in appalling conditions workers produced Guinea pots for sale in West Africa. The water drove hammers that the workers used to skillfully batter sheets of brass into shape.
...and more...those boats from Bristol did not set off for West Africa empty.
And neither did they return from the Caribbean just with sweet things and leaves to smoke. Recceing and working this out at the moment. Join me share what you know, lets work this out...contact me on the form below. No spam I promise.
Join me on foot or online on Sunday 1 May walking from Avonmouth to Bristol...up the gorge senseing the legacies of slavery and slaveownership
Meet 11.00 Avonmouth train station. All day walk approx 10 miles.
A YEAR WALKING OUT ON ENCHANTMENT
An open invitation to join a walk: on foot, online or both.
Join me on a monthly walk exploring enchantment, heritage and the body. A series of critical walks exploring ‘hidden’ heritage, walks to work, walks that were or are work, walks that make connections and resonate on human rights issues.
I am currently experimenting with strategies to resist immersive romantic/arcadian walking practices. So rather than walking to commune with nature and all that involves I am interested in walking out of necessity or coercion, from walks to work to walks at gunpoint, the walks of refugees, the walks of those who have to. I am interested in developing a disenchanted walking practice, aware of enchantments but never totally immersed in them. I am not quite sure what that will be and my intention is to use the coming year to discover that, and I hope you will join me for some or part of that journey on foot or online or both.
My walking practice is digitally connected and this invitation is open to those who may wish to engage online as well as those who would like to physically walk. I am particular keen to walk with those who would like to experiment with social media and social networking in this context. Walkers of all kinds welcome.
The first walk will be on Sunday 4 October, to experiment on and with the recently released National Trust walk from the City of Bath to Bathwick fields.
email for further info.
Times, dates and reports live and other wise will be published across these platforms
on my sketch blog https://rswpost.wordpress.com/
and tidier reports eventually here:
and here it is on Social Hiking, a bit of random pinging but there's me plus 3 other walkers here...check out the audioboom links!
whitehorsewalk website and apps launched
Three years work comes to an even wider audience: way back long ago when it all began I was checking out locative media and all the possibilities of tweets and photos with their geotags developing into something else. I was walking the Ridgeway developing a commission from Wiltshire Council. One dark winters morning leaving the car park at Avebury our walkers included the Director of the Salisbury International Festival, Maria Bota and artist Ali Pretty. One walk led to another just as one foot leads the other and having completed the Ridgeway Project working with the photographs of Fay Godwin, I found myself high on the Wansdyke with a crowd of walkers discovering that it was walking art.. Walking the Wiltshire White Horses. Ali Pretty and I came back the following year for a great collaboration which grew last year to include the Uffington White Horse.
Finally last week we launched a website with a 100 miles trail round the 9 Wessex White Horses, a short circular walk near each one and a series of day routes linking them all up. At each white horse a sound park experienced via an app. Lots of images from our 3 years on the North Wessex downs all integrated with graphics drawn from Ali Pretty's silks. A great project the social media is lives on and we are still walking.
Here's a report of the launch: