So, I’ve reached the end of my second term as a Masters student – and as always, I can’t believe how fast time is going.
The last few months have been very busy and exciting. As well as my course modules, I’ve completed placements at the York Army Museum and the Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre (both of which I would highly recommend visiting) and I’ve also co-authored an article on virtual museums, which can be found here. Now there’s only one term and 20,000 words of dissertation left to go before I (hopefully) graduate!
I’ve spent the Easter holidays in Suffolk and it’s been great to see some countryside again and re-explore some of my favourite places. Last week, I visited Lavenham, one of England’s best preserved medieval wool towns. Lavenham flourished in the 15th and 16th centuries, becoming so prosperous that at one point the town paid more in taxation than cities like York. Of course, Lavenham’s other claim to fame is that scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were filmed here back in 2010.
Lavenham is filled with beautiful, crooked medieval buildings and it’s a great place to wander, take photographs and draw. I took the opportunity to practise my watercolours, as you can see below!
The Guildhall of Corpus Christi
The Little Hall
The Swan Inn
Reconstructions are very common in archaeology. Many people will be familiar with them – think about the history books you read in school, for example. They would probably have included reconstruction drawings, artists’ attempts to depict what the past looked like.
Still, reconstructions can be at times a bit controversial and if not used properly, they can be very problematic. Even the word ‘reconstruction’ is misleading. After all, we can’t ‘reconstruct’ the past exactly as it was… these images are just ideas or theories about what the past was like. It’s a topic that’s particularly interesting to me, and one that I want to focus my next few posts on. Continue reading
King’s Manor, York
It’s been a while, guys… turns out third year is pretty busy, who knew?
But my Visual Media essay is now out of the way, so I get to make a happy return to blogging. Since writing about the Bar Convent, I’ve been looking a bit more closely at my surroundings as I walk through York. One building in particular that I spend a lot of time in is King’s Manor. This building houses the University of York’s archaeology department, and is situated on Exhibition Square, between the Museum Gardens and the Art Gallery. It was one of the reasons I originally chose to come to York – what archaeology student doesn’t want to study in a Grade I listed medieval building?
The drawing above shows the main entrance into King’s Manor. It’s a bit of a work in progress, but will demonstrate a few of the points I’ve been thinking about recently. Continue reading