London Past and Present photo contest winners

The LUP is pleased to announce the winner of our Fall 2013 “London past and present” photo contest: Graham Englert with “Towers Through Time”

Towers Through Time by Graham Englert

Graham writes: “I decided to take this photo during a morning run because it captures two unique time periods of London’s History. The Shard and the Tower of London were built almost 1000 years apart for different purposes. They also exhibit a stunning contrast in architectural styles. What they have in common, however, is that they both have stood above the other buildings of their time period. Although different, both towers represent the longevity of the innovative spirit of London.

After returning back to my flat, I noticed the Thames flowing through the picture adds much to the photo’s meaning. As a river that has been present for the entirety of London’s history, it represents that the core innovative values of London have remained strong despite the passage of time. I also like how the Thames flows between the towers just as time divides the periods in which they were built.”

We had three photos tied in the voting, and had to recruit an additional tie-break judge, and so decided to award “highly commended” prizes to the two close seconds.

Kate Privateer, with “Ships and Shards” and Carolyn Hutyra with “A moment in time”

Ships and Shards by Kate Privateer

Kate writes: “The Thames River has been a defining aspect of London’s history from the age of wooden masted ships to the time of glass skyscrapers. I chose this picture, which was taken from the river, for the way it shows how the city and river have been interconnected since London’s creation.”

A moment in time by Carolyn Hutyra

Carolyn writes:
“This photo was taken in the East End. Not only does the clock capture the exact moment the photo was taken, but the picture showcases the beautiful intermingling of both old and new architecture.”

This was an extremely hard contest to judge with a great pool of entries, so congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all our entrants!

Archaeology and Ethics fieldtrip to The British Museum

Prof. Fay Stevens, who leads the course, writes “The Archaeology and Ethics course covers the topics of archaeological ethics; the relationship between archaeology and others (the public, ethnic groups, avocational archaeologists, collectors, etc.); international and national approaches to archaeological heritage management (such as the effects of conflict on heritage); the antiquities market; reburial and repatriation of cultural heritage; issues of identity; the ethics of collecting; plunder; underwater archaeology, and treasure hunting; archaeology as a profession; and archaeological education. We explore these themes in a variety of contexts, including fieldtrips to Bath and Stonehenge, The British Museum (e.g. the Parthenon Marbles, Egyptian Mummies, the Rosetta Stone), The Petrie Museum, The Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums in Oxford etc.”

Archaeology and Ethics class in the Duveen Gallery “As part of our studies, we visited the Duveen Gallery in the British Museum, which displays the British Museum collection of marbles from the Parthenon in Athens.  The contested acquisition and ownership of these marbles is a central issue in the topic of archaeology and ethics.  Our field trip marks the start and preparation of ‘The Great Debate’, a role-play debate undertaken by the class, in which they take on the identity of either Greek or UK curators/historians/heritage specialists and attempt to come to an agreement with regard to the future ownership and housing of the marbles.  Always a popular component of the course, the Great Debate offers a great opportunity to get to grips with a complex and fascinating topic and our trip to the museum provides an excellent context in which to start the process.”

Image © Fay Stevens