• Photographs: collections
      May 2015

      Bridges of Paris

      by Michael Saint james

      The ideal gift for someone special: an award winning, large-format coffee table book, with over 350 original color photographs, which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The famous love-locks of Paris are portrayed at the peak of their glory, along with stunning portraits of each bridge and intimate riverside moments. Discover the unique history of every bridge crossing the Seine. Every bit a labor of love, Bridges of Paris takes a tour of this renowned city via a newly discovered route that begins with the first bridge built before Julius Caesar’s arrival in France and concludes with the first bridge of the new millennium. Once you’ve experienced this river tour, you’ll never look at Paris—or its bridges—the same way again.

    • Science & Mathematics
      October 2017

      Extending ecocriticism

      Crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities

      by Peter Barry, William Welstead

      This volume of essays explores the scope for a further extension of ecocriticism across the environmental humanities. Contributors, who include both established academics and early career researchers in the humanities, were given free rein to interpret the brief. The collection is unusual in that it considers collaboration between individuals both in the same discipline and across creative disciplines. Subjects include familiar environments close to home and those such as Iceland and Antarctica, where narratives of climate, geology and ecology provide a stark backdrop to creative output. A further innovation is the inclusion of essays on public art, natural heritage interpretation and the visualisation and aesthetic impact of wind farms. The book will be of interest to writers, artists, students and researchers in the environmental humanities and those with a general interest in the cultural response to the environment.

    • Science & Mathematics
      October 2017

      Extending ecocriticism

      Crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities

      by Peter Barry, William Welstead

      This volume of essays explores the scope for a further extension of ecocriticism across the environmental humanities. Contributors, who include both established academics and early career researchers in the humanities, were given free rein to interpret the brief. The collection is unusual in that it considers collaboration between individuals both in the same discipline and across creative disciplines. Subjects include familiar environments close to home and those such as Iceland and Antarctica, where narratives of climate, geology and ecology provide a stark backdrop to creative output. A further innovation is the inclusion of essays on public art, natural heritage interpretation and the visualisation and aesthetic impact of wind farms. The book will be of interest to writers, artists, students and researchers in the environmental humanities and those with a general interest in the cultural response to the environment.

    • Science & Mathematics
      October 2017

      Extending ecocriticism

      Crisis, collaboration and challenges in the environmental humanities

      by Peter Barry, William Welstead

      This volume of essays explores the scope for a further extension of ecocriticism across the environmental humanities. Contributors, who include both established academics and early career researchers in the humanities, were given free rein to interpret the brief. The collection is unusual in that it considers collaboration between individuals both in the same discipline and across creative disciplines. Subjects include familiar environments close to home and those such as Iceland and Antarctica, where narratives of climate, geology and ecology provide a stark backdrop to creative output. A further innovation is the inclusion of essays on public art, natural heritage interpretation and the visualisation and aesthetic impact of wind farms. The book will be of interest to writers, artists, students and researchers in the environmental humanities and those with a general interest in the cultural response to the environment.

    • The Arts
      December 2017

      High culture and tall chimneys

      Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780–1914

      by James Moore

      This new study examines how nineteenth-century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. By the end of the century almost every major town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised at home and abroad. The book documents the remarkable rise of visual art across the county, along with the rise of the commercial and professional classes who supported it. It examines how Lancashire looked to great civilisations of the past for inspiration while also embracing new industrial technologies and distinctively modern art movements. This volume will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the new industrial society of the nineteenth century, from art lovers and collectors to urban and social historians.

    • The Arts
      December 2017

      High culture and tall chimneys

      Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780–1914

      by James Moore

      This new study examines how nineteenth-century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. By the end of the century almost every major town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised at home and abroad. The book documents the remarkable rise of visual art across the county, along with the rise of the commercial and professional classes who supported it. It examines how Lancashire looked to great civilisations of the past for inspiration while also embracing new industrial technologies and distinctively modern art movements. This volume will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the new industrial society of the nineteenth century, from art lovers and collectors to urban and social historians.

    • The Arts
      December 2017

      High culture and tall chimneys

      Art institutions and urban society in Lancashire, 1780–1914

      by James Moore

      This new study examines how nineteenth-century industrial Lancashire became a leading national and international art centre. By the end of the century almost every major town possessed an art gallery, while Lancashire art schools and artists were recognised at home and abroad. The book documents the remarkable rise of visual art across the county, along with the rise of the commercial and professional classes who supported it. It examines how Lancashire looked to great civilisations of the past for inspiration while also embracing new industrial technologies and distinctively modern art movements. This volume will be essential reading for all those with an interest in the new industrial society of the nineteenth century, from art lovers and collectors to urban and social historians.

    • History of Art / Art & Design Styles

      Taos

      Landmarks and Legends

      by Bill Hemp

      With dramatic pen and ink drawings and lively descriptive narrative, artist-writer Bill Hemp illuminates Taos's colourful landmarks and legends. From the verdant valley of the Taos-Tiwa cultures and their centuries old Pueblo, to the sky-lighted studios of Anglo artists Joseph Sharp and others, Hemp's pen captures the magical quality of this town that has been home to native peoples, Spanish explorers, writers, artists, and many others. His cast of colourful characters includes the magnetic Mabel Dodge Luhan, the mysterious Arthur Manby and the gregarious gambler and transport tycoon 'Long' John Dunn. All taken together, Hemp's illustrated work creates a marvellous mosaic that comprises the landmarks and legends of Taos, New Mexico.

    • Christian theology

      Saints and Stones

      A Guide to the Pilgrim Ways of Pembrokeshire

      by Damian Walford. Davies

    • Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides
      October 2010

      The Medieval Castles of Wales

      by John R. Kenyon

      The purpose of the book is to give visitors to the medieval castles of Wales a concise but informative description of the main publicly accessible sites in a convenient format. An introductory chapter outlines the development of castle architecture in Britain, drawing on Welsh examples, with a number of 'box features' that elaborate more fully on particular aspects, such as gatehouses, or key personalities such as Llywelyn Fawr. Five chapters form a regionally based gazetteer of the castles described. Each entry is prefaced with a key to arrangements at each castle, such as whether there is an entry charge. The know history of any given site is then summarized, and this is then followed by the core of each entry, namely the description of the visible remains, to enable visitors to navigate their way around. Some of the descriptions of the larger sites are accompanied by plans. A final chapter provides a brief overview of castle-like buildings dating from the seventeenth century onwards, and this is followed by a guide to further reading.

    • Architecture
      October 2009

      Western European Museums and Visual Persuasion

      Art, Edifice, and Social Influence

      by Author(s): J. Donald Ragsdale

      Western European Museums and Visual Persuasion is an assessment of the visual persuasiveness of art museums. It demonstrates that museums are as capable of influence as speeches or advertisements are and that an awareness of this influence provides an insight into museums’ cultural roles.The book considers a diverse array of institutions ranging from such national cultural icons as the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Prado to museums of partisan advocacy such as the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Tate Modern, and the Museo Nacional Centro Arte de Reina Sofia. The museums’ architectural significance, the importance of their collections, and the persuasiveness of their exhibition designs are the bases for assessment. Western European Museums and Visual Persuasion is an important extension of theories of persuasion and visual communication to art, art history, and museology. It utilizes a theory of visual signs based on the semiotics of C. S. Peirce to demonstrate that museum buildings, the art within them, and the spaces used for display all may be thought as ways of influencing society.

    • Museums & museology
      February 2011

      Touching Art

      The Poetics and the Politics of Exhibiting the Tree of Life

      by Author(s): Maria Emília Fonseca

      This study focusses on the exhibition of the Tree of Life, a sculpture made in Mozambique of decommissioned, dismantled weapons, created to celebrate peace and commissioned by the British Museum, chosen to be the symbol of the “Africa 2005” season of cultural events and exhibited in its Great Court between February and October 2005. This artwork was first exhibited in Maputo before being dispatched to Britain and it is presently on display at the Sainsbury African Galleries of the British Museum, in London.This dissertation moves along two converging routes: the articulation of the meaning(s) produced within the exhibition and the role of exhibitionary institutions in the creation of social knowledge. A central topic of discussion is the different practices and sites of exhibition of the Tree of Life sculpture in Britain and in Mozambique, in an endeavour to illustrate/establish the differences which determine and/or condition the specific approaches used in the two distinct cultural contexts within which it was exhibited.The discussion evolves towards exploring how a new discourse on the exhibition of contemporary African art questions and challenges both curatorial practices and cultural concepts of collecting, displaying and interpreting art objects and negotiating meaning.

    • Museums & museology
      February 2011

      Touching Art

      The Poetics and the Politics of Exhibiting the Tree of Life

      by Author(s): Maria Emília Fonseca

      This study focusses on the exhibition of the Tree of Life, a sculpture made in Mozambique of decommissioned, dismantled weapons, created to celebrate peace and commissioned by the British Museum, chosen to be the symbol of the “Africa 2005” season of cultural events and exhibited in its Great Court between February and October 2005. This artwork was first exhibited in Maputo before being dispatched to Britain and it is presently on display at the Sainsbury African Galleries of the British Museum, in London.This dissertation moves along two converging routes: the articulation of the meaning(s) produced within the exhibition and the role of exhibitionary institutions in the creation of social knowledge. A central topic of discussion is the different practices and sites of exhibition of the Tree of Life sculpture in Britain and in Mozambique, in an endeavour to illustrate/establish the differences which determine and/or condition the specific approaches used in the two distinct cultural contexts within which it was exhibited.The discussion evolves towards exploring how a new discourse on the exhibition of contemporary African art questions and challenges both curatorial practices and cultural concepts of collecting, displaying and interpreting art objects and negotiating meaning.

    • Museums & museology
      February 2011

      Touching Art

      The Poetics and the Politics of Exhibiting the Tree of Life

      by Author(s): Maria Emília Fonseca

      This study focusses on the exhibition of the Tree of Life, a sculpture made in Mozambique of decommissioned, dismantled weapons, created to celebrate peace and commissioned by the British Museum, chosen to be the symbol of the “Africa 2005” season of cultural events and exhibited in its Great Court between February and October 2005. This artwork was first exhibited in Maputo before being dispatched to Britain and it is presently on display at the Sainsbury African Galleries of the British Museum, in London.This dissertation moves along two converging routes: the articulation of the meaning(s) produced within the exhibition and the role of exhibitionary institutions in the creation of social knowledge. A central topic of discussion is the different practices and sites of exhibition of the Tree of Life sculpture in Britain and in Mozambique, in an endeavour to illustrate/establish the differences which determine and/or condition the specific approaches used in the two distinct cultural contexts within which it was exhibited.The discussion evolves towards exploring how a new discourse on the exhibition of contemporary African art questions and challenges both curatorial practices and cultural concepts of collecting, displaying and interpreting art objects and negotiating meaning.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2016

      Women and museums 1850–1914

      Modernity and the gendering of knowledge

      by Pamela Sharpe, Penny Summerfield, Lynn Abrams, Cordelia Beattie, Kate Hill

      Introduction 1 Inside the museum: including or excluding women? 2 Outside the museum: women as donors and vendors 3 Outside the museum: women's donations, materiality and the museum object 4 Women visiting museums 5 Women as patrons: the limits of agency? 6 New disciplines: archaeology, anthropology and women in museums 7 Ruskin, women and museums: service and salvage Conclusion

    • Travel & Transport

      Basque Country and Navarre

      by Murray Stewart

      In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, Murray Stewart covers the principal cities - rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria and lively Pamplona ---- and also delves deeper into the region's interior, capturing the quirkiness that make it so special. With 35 maps, 16 walks, advice on where to cycle, horse-ride and surf, he guides travellers through an area whose profile is firmly 'on the up.' Find the best pintxos (Basque tapas), the finest chuletón (beef chop) and the freshest fish. From elegant Biarritz, via the French Basque Pyrénées, to the Navarran 'badlands' of Bardenas Reales, we take you to fascinating, less-visited places. Here are the best festivals, including Pamplona's famous, bull-running Sanfermines. Learn how the handing-over of three cows has kept the peace for centuries, or where you can see the annual 'Benediction of the Red Pepper'. Join the walkers on the Caminos de Santiago, the pilgrim routes which still sustain the local economy, 1,000 years after they began. Find information on the unique Basque and Navarran wines, top birdwatching sites, history, music, sports and culture ---- and when to visit. - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com/the-basque-country-and-navarre.html#sthash.RcPgHG5X.dpuf

    • Travel & Transport

      Basque Country and Navarre

      by Murray Stewart

      In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, Murray Stewart covers the principal cities - rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria and lively Pamplona ---- and also delves deeper into the region's interior, capturing the quirkiness that make it so special. With 35 maps, 16 walks, advice on where to cycle, horse-ride and surf, he guides travellers through an area whose profile is firmly 'on the up.' Find the best pintxos (Basque tapas), the finest chuletón (beef chop) and the freshest fish. From elegant Biarritz, via the French Basque Pyrénées, to the Navarran 'badlands' of Bardenas Reales, we take you to fascinating, less-visited places. Here are the best festivals, including Pamplona's famous, bull-running Sanfermines. Learn how the handing-over of three cows has kept the peace for centuries, or where you can see the annual 'Benediction of the Red Pepper'. Join the walkers on the Caminos de Santiago, the pilgrim routes which still sustain the local economy, 1,000 years after they began. Find information on the unique Basque and Navarran wines, top birdwatching sites, history, music, sports and culture ---- and when to visit. - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com/the-basque-country-and-navarre.html#sthash.RcPgHG5X.dpuf

    • Travel & Transport
      April 2016

      Basque Country and Navarre

      by Murray Stewart

      In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, Murray Stewart covers the principal cities - rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria and lively Pamplona ---- and also delves deeper into the region's interior, capturing the quirkiness that make it so special. With 35 maps, 16 walks, advice on where to cycle, horse-ride and surf, he guides travellers through an area whose profile is firmly 'on the up.' Find the best pintxos (Basque tapas), the finest chuletón (beef chop) and the freshest fish. From elegant Biarritz, via the French Basque Pyrénées, to the Navarran 'badlands' of Bardenas Reales, we take you to fascinating, less-visited places. Here are the best festivals, including Pamplona's famous, bull-running Sanfermines. Learn how the handing-over of three cows has kept the peace for centuries, or where you can see the annual 'Benediction of the Red Pepper'. Join the walkers on the Caminos de Santiago, the pilgrim routes which still sustain the local economy, 1,000 years after they began. Find information on the unique Basque and Navarran wines, top birdwatching sites, history, music, sports and culture ---- and when to visit. - See more at: http://www.bradtguides.com/the-basque-country-and-navarre.html#sthash.RcPgHG5X.dpuf

    • Travel & Transport
      February 2016

      Why America

      by Ferdinand Otto Von Galen

      Why America" tells the story of a young, modern day European immigrant and his quest to discover “Why America” is still as attractive as ever to European settlers and why, 240 years after the Declaration of Independence and 62 years after Ellis Island officially closed as the exclusive port of entry for immigrants from the old world, Europeans still flock to become full-time residents and citizens of this United States. To find out if America was indeed as he had imagined, and to help him decide if it was to become his permanent new adopted home, German born author and traveler extraordinaire Ferdinand Otto Von Galen drove more than 32,000 miles, in a little over a year, meeting people and visiting destinations in almost every state. His journey was adventurous, imaginative, diverse and occasionally spontaneous and improvised. Traveling the lesser-known paths enabled Von Galen to take in obscure and occasionally bizarre sights, such as Atlanta’s Cyclorama (which has nothing to do with cycling!) and The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas – as well as more well-known attractions like Mount Rushmore or the Biograph Theatre in Chicago. Yet for the most part, the author managed to steer clear of more traditional tourist lures. Poignant, funny, thought provoking, laced with delightful anecdotes and illustrated with more than one hundred beautiful, undoctored photographs, Why America is a must read for anyone – native or foreign – who has yearned to pack their belongings into the back of a pick-up truck and take off to experience the many sights around this unique and wonderful country.

    • Travel & Transport
      February 2016

      Why America

      by Ferdinand Otto Von Galen

      "Why America" tells the story of a young, modern day European immigrant and his quest to discover “Why America” is still as attractive as ever to European settlers and why, 240 years after the Declaration of Independence and 62 years after Ellis Island officially closed as the exclusive port of entry for immigrants from the old world, Europeans still flock to become full-time residents and citizens of this United States. To find out if America was indeed as he had imagined, and to help him decide if it was to become his permanent new adopted home, German born author and traveler extraordinaire Ferdinand Otto Von Galen drove more than 32,000 miles, in a little over a year, meeting people and visiting destinations in almost every state. His journey was adventurous, imaginative, diverse and occasionally spontaneous and improvised. Traveling the lesser-known paths enabled Von Galen to take in obscure and occasionally bizarre sights, such as Atlanta’s Cyclorama (which has nothing to do with cycling!) and The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas – as well as more well-known attractions like Mount Rushmore or the Biograph Theatre in Chicago. Yet for the most part, the author managed to steer clear of more traditional tourist lures. Poignant, funny, thought provoking, laced with delightful anecdotes and illustrated with more than one hundred beautiful, undoctored photographs, Why America is a must read for anyone – native or foreign – who has yearned to pack their belongings into the back of a pick-up truck and take off to experience the many sights around this unique and wonderful country.

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