Brick, Stone, Steel, Glass

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Glasgow School Of Art20190708

Author Louise Welsh reflects on Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art.

1/5 Louise describes her memories of the building before it was ravaged by two fires.

This week's Essays are celebrating British architecture. Each writer has a passionate connection with the building, revealing how our long past and complex present have led to a built environment unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Image courtesy of Alan McAteer.
Producer Clare Walker

Author Louise Welsh reflects on Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

Malcolm's Place, Uig, Isle Of Lewis20190710

Author James Rebanks, the Lake District shepherd, talks about Malcolm's place, Taigh na Trathad (The Beach House) in Uig on the Isle of Lewis.

3/5 James describes how the history and sense of community on Lewis has informed the buildings and that it is "not the ‘edge of the world’, but the centre of another that we have chosen not to see."

This week's Essays are celebrating British architecture. Each writer has a passionate connection with the building, revealing how our long past and complex present have led to a built environment unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Image courtesy of Alistair MacCallum

Producer Clare Walker

Author James Rebanks, the Lake District shepherd, talks about Malcolm's place in Uig.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

Rame Head Chapel20190712

Author Natasha Carthew on Rame Head Chapel, near Whitsand Bay, in south-east Cornwall.

5/5 Bridget describes how she would write here in the wild as a child and how the chapel symbolised hope.

This week's Essays are celebrating British architecture. Each writer has a passionate connection with the building, revealing how our long past and complex present have led to a built environment unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Image courtesy of Natasha Carthew.

Producer Clare Walker

Author Natasha Carthew on Rame Head Chapel, near Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

The author Natasha Carthew on Rame Head Chapel, near Whitsand Bay, in south-east Cornwall.

5/5 Natasha describes how she would write here in the wild as a child and how the chapel symbolised hope.

The author Natasha Carthew on Rame Head Chapel, near Whitsand Bay, Cornwall.

Rochdale Town Hall20190709

Novelist Beth Underdown on Rochdale Town Hall.

2/5 Beth describes how her family's personal history is tied up in the building and how Hitler reputedly admired it so much that he ordered it spared during WWII.

This week's Essays are celebrating British architecture. Each writer has a passionate connection with the building, revealing how our long past and complex present have led to a built environment unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Producer Clare Walker

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

Trinity Theatre20190711

The writer Bridget Collins takes us backstage to Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells.

4/5 Bridget reflects on repurposing old buildings and the links between church and theatre.

This week's Essays are celebrating British architecture. Each writer has a passionate connection with the building, revealing how our long past and complex present have led to a built environment unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Producer Clare Walker

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.