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Farne-scape Commemory

Part 2 Project 2019
Oliver Sturdy
Northumbria University Newcastle | UK
The Northumberland Region has a rich ecclesiastical history, from the time of St Augustine’s mission to establish Christianity in AD 597 monasticism formed an important facet of both religious and secular life in the British Isles. This ideology, alongside Farne’s extensive and moving landscape, forced many cultural and architectural positions which are vastly undocumented and under threat of extinction to the rise of the North Sea.

Our heritage lies in a precarious place.

The Anthropocene is witnessing a dramatic climate shift, leading to a rapid increase in sea level, resulting in the slow decay of our neighbouring islands. Once a thriving landscape of fisherman, pilgrims, invaders and heroins, the Farne Islands are falling into myth. This thesis explores Romanticism as a method of salvaging our forgotten loci and reinvigorate moving through landscapes with concerns of what was, is and will be. This ideology rests with the theme of ambiguity, and leaves behind traces of orientation to points of significance, to a time which had cultural significance and in the future draws curiosity through obscurity.

Oliver Sturdy


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