Project Route Map

Chapter 3

‘There are no meanings apart from roots.’

Walter Brueggemann

All Saint's Church HerefordAll Saints Church, Hereford

Completed in 1997, the project involved the installation of a number of pod structures into the nave of the medieval church, as an elegant means of creating modern facilities without damaging the historic listed fabric of the building. Good use is made of the juxtaposition of modern materials with old. With no division between the new cafe uses and the remainder of the church some fear that the church has been taken over by the cafe. On the other hand, it must be remembered that prior to the creation of the cafe, the only likely future for the building was outright closure.

Alnwick CastleAlnwick Castle, Northumberland

Alnwick Castle is one example of the marketing of heritage in our culture, one way of catering to the appetite for history, for rootedness.

You may recall a cinema advert for Alnwick Castle (strapline: ‘Where History Lives’) that promoted it, not on the basis of its history, but for the films that had used it as a location. Google tells us ‘Alnwick Castle is a stunning medieval castle in Northumberland used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films’.