Touching the Past: A cabinet of curiosities of fascinating places to visit – for free.
Touching the Past assembles an eclectic and wide ranging group of places that each characterise an aspect of our past, places where you can wonder at the passing of time, or where you can walk and touch where others have passed before, or simply see strange and curious structures and features from Britain’s past.
Touching the Past uses images I have taken over the last three years at every location, and fits them into a framework to give each location context. The supporting text, carefully researched, offers an easy insight into all the selected sites. Most importantly places are only included where the past can be touched or walked upon, and only places that are free to visit.
Touching the Past includes an introduction and a visual timeline, and is subdivided into sections that cover the history of our planet, from where some of the oldest rocks can be found to modern-day features. Over 200 locations have been photographed and include sites such as fossil beaches and multi-coloured cliffs, volcanic intrusions and glacial landforms, Bronze Age stone circles and caves used by prehistoric peoples, an Iron Age walled city, a 5000 year old tree, massive Roman burial mounds and a deserted city, rock-cut graves and high crosses, wells, roads and bridges, castles and churches, abandoned villages and farms, corpse roads and trods, lime kilns and mines, turnpikes and toll-houses, deserted stations and aqueducts, and coming up to date with listed structures, Second World War sites and coastal erosion.
Touching the Past combines photographs and texts to encourage people to explore wherever they are in Britain with a sense of wonder and surprise, to look closer, and to recognise that simply being in the landscape can turn into a search for all kinds of fascinating and enchanting features from Britain’s past.
This paperback book has 238 pages of photographs, maps and texts in full colour throughout. Size approx 20 x 26cm.
Touching the Past is now published in a first run of 100 copies. It is available from Blossom Street Gallery, York, the fabulous Salts Mill in Saltaire and the delightful Bookends in Keswick. It is also on Amazon, and from me of course… email me for details.