Walls and Borders in Art on BBC Front Row and at Burgh Castle Roman Fort

Front Row considers the artistic significance of walls and borders.

John Lanchester, whose latest novel The Wall is about a massive fictional defensive structure, discusses the way walls feature in literature and art with poet and art critic Sue Hubbard, from cave paintings to artworks like Andy Goldsworthy’s 750 feet long drystone wall.

Artist Luke Jerram takes us on a tour around his home city of Bristol discovering unusual wall art such as the Magic Wall, where children leave toys between the stones, and early works by Banksy.

Mexican artist Tanya Aguiniga, who travelled each day to school in the US, has set up an art project on the US/ Mexico border. She is joined by Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, to discuss the influence of borders on art.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Timothy Prosser


Session 20 Time and Tide Museum Feb 5 2019. Favourite things.

Maybe the first person in east Norfolk looked like this, but the earliest known man in England had dark skin and dark curly hair – Cheddar Man, 10,000 years ago.
A collar of monkey teeth in amongst native American objects, a cabinet of curiosities that is a reminder of meetings in the US
A sunflower fragment that is a broken bit of something that has become another thing in its own right
Family history of two world wars, stories that were never told at the time, conscription, joining up, bombs dropped along the coast, rumours of Hitler’s interest in Norwich City Hall, straffing shots in Lowestoft
A Morrison shelter, imagine sleeping in there in war time, such a strange object, catching the eye
Submerging in the 19th Century, heavy boots to keep you secure on the sea bed, being underwater and then coming up, a risky business
A signwriting apprenticeship at £9 a week, painting the flesh background for huge faces of huge stars who performed in Great Yarmouth. The faces were fixed on the theatre front and burned at season’s end.
Making and sharing tapes, the tape spooling out and having to be wound back in, it’s still a better sound than digital, and now its a museum object, along with trolls, my little pony and a chopper bike

Session 15 – 13th November, Burgh Castle

A fascinating pinhole camera session with photographer Jeremy Webb. Results will be revealed at the next session, when we will be developing the images.

We were joined by the team from the amazing Thames Discovery Programme,

who brought along finds from the inter-tidal zone, the Thames foreshore.

Perhaps they brought archaeological good fortune, because there was a small find, of which more later.

All these photos are by Dr William Rathouse, one of the Thames Team.

And here is Eliott Wragg’s book (with Nathalie Cohen), of which we now have a signed copy. Thanks Eliott!

Session 14 – 30th October, Burgh Castle

Another creative writing session with Belona Greenwood, writing and sharing stories of Romans, mysteries and imaginings. Belona is compiling the pieces into a map of the site, and of our experience.

After the session some of us went to Raveningham to meet Sarah Cannell, curator of the Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail. We are thinking of submitting a proposal for a group installation and Sarah showed us the perfect site…..


Session 12 – 9th October 2018


Credit: Norfolk Museum Service (Norwich Castle Museum &Gallery).

Giorgia Bottinelli at the Castle Museum sent us this image of the etching and map of Burgh Castle that we saw in the museum.

It is clear that the East wall was broken through after at least the late 19th century, given that it is complete in all the art we looked at. Something to ask the archaeologists.