Harvey Wilkinson - Big Rocks: Culture and the Lake District’s Climbing Landscape
What is a cultural landscape and how does climbing history and bouldering venues such as The Bowder Stone reflect our changing attitude to nature?
About 'Big Rocks: Culture and the Lake District's climbing landscape':
Harvey Wilkinson grew up in North Cumbria, where he developed his love for fell and alpine running. He has been the National Trust regional curator for the Lake District since 2014. In this book, he explores cultural landscape and how climbing history and bouldering venues such as The Bowder Stone reflect our changing attitude to nature?
The Bowderstone - a huge and solitary rock, which has stood sentinel in Borrowdale since the Ice Age. From its earliest literary references during the second half of the 18th century, the stone has been an object of curiosity and fascination, and could be viewed as a microcosm of the wider discovery and objectification of the Lake District.
About the event:
The Lake District was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site for it’s cultural status, setting the scene for this interesting talk. Using the Bowder Stone as a starting point, Wilkinson discusses the changing attitudes to nature, which have shaped our understanding of this landscape.
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