Episode 29

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The Culture Show, 2012/2013 Episode 29 of 32

Duration: 30 minutes

Andrew Graham-Dixon presents the Culture Show from Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.

Chatsworth House has been chosen as the location for an exhibition of works by the Scottish artist and sculptor William Turnbull, who died last year. Andrew considers Turnbull's large outdoor work and his legacy as a major figure in post-war British art.

Heritage. What is it good for? Historian and broadcaster, Dr Richard Miles examines our very British relationship with heritage - one of the UK's sacred cows. Our rich historical past attracts millions of visitors and international tourists and provides Britain with a valuable brand to market around the world. But is this national reverence of tradition clouding our understanding of history? Are we projecting modern values onto historical events?

Meanwhile, as the people of Preston consider what aspects of their local heritage is worth fighting for, Tom Dyckhoff reports on the battle to save Preston bus station from demolition. A prime example of sixties Brutalist design and uncompromising concrete, it is a building that splits opinion. So what are its chances of survival?

Finally, in Sussex, writer and broadcaster Michael Smith travels to the arts and craft community of Ditchling to explore how its artistic heritage is shaping village life.


Andrew Graham-Dixon
Richard Miles
Tom Dyckhoff
Series Editor
Janet Lee


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