There are many different ways that peatlands are part of cultural life, though we many not often pause to think about them all.
In its first year, the project Peat Cultures is creating an Anthology of the ways in which peatlands contribute to our living heritage. This is centred on Galloway Glens, but also is concerned in how peatlands are valued elsewhere. The idea is to show diverse ways in which we relate to peatlands and wetlands, rather than to create an exhaustive compendium.
A developing Anthology of Peat Cultures
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• Giblett, R. (1996) Postmodern Wetlands: Culture, History, Ecology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Literary criticism of works relating to ‘Black Waters’ with an impassioned plea to help save them.
• University of Cork conference Transdisciplinary Conversations on Peatlands
This link provides a variety of perspectives. In one of the blogposts Manchán Magan explains how Joseph Beuys awakened interest in peatlands:
For Beuys bogs were: “the liveliest elements in the European landscape, not just from the point of view of flora, fauna, birds and animals, but as storing places of life, mystery and chemical change, preservers of ancient history.”
Ramsar Culture Network – Thematic Group: Art
Home Turf Project: An integrated approach to the long-term development, cultural connections and heritage management of Dutch raised bogs (Wageningen University & Research), funded by the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
• Peatpolis – documentation of an exhibition in the Netherlands, 2003
More ideas about Peat Cultures?
Many people are already very knowledgeable about different aspects of the peatlands in Galloway Glens and south-west Scotland.
If you have an idea of something to contribute to this Anthology please do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps you may think about mosses and flows in terms of their Gaelic or Scots place-names? Or you are interested in bog archaeology, or medicinal and edible plants? You may be a bird-watcher, or your focus might be landscape photography or painting. Makers and designers also may use peatland products, or find inspiration from mosses and flows. Historically, peat has been dug for fuel using traditional methods; in some areas it is milled industrially. Landscapers and ground-workers have their own vocabulary and methods to describe their work. Environmental scientists use survey methods and a specific terminology to describe peat formation and the different processes at play in wetlands. For a walker, a mountain-biker or hill-runner, the chances are that peatlands are part of your life. We may be aware of mosses tacitly, as a squelchy surface to negotiate – or directly as a topic of poetry, of creative writing, and of natural histories.
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