In the summer of 2012, Miranda Creswell made a detailed landscape drawing on a path overlooking an excavation by Oxford Archaeologists. By positioning herself with a pencil, paper and easel along a popular footpath, conversations began to fIow. 

The result was an exhibition at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot in early 2013. It included Miranda’s sketches, archaeological photographs, and work by local artists celebrating the familiar and changing landscape of Didcot. More than 100 people contributed!

Miranda is part of the English Landscapes and Identities project (Englaid) project at Oxford University. Started in October 2011, the five-year project is exploring the long-term history of the English landscape from c. 1500 BC to AD 1086. Find out more at www.arch.ox.ac.uk/englishlandscapes.html

Some comments from the exhibition visitors book:
“Whole show is great, but needs to be hung a lot lower”
    “Wonderful, so many memories”
“Great exhibition (but, yes, impossible to read poems hung far too high)”
                    “Wow, it’s amazing”
“A wonderful exhibition. I fear for the future of our beautiful land”
    “Great, Hope you all keep in touch and keep the information coming”
“A discovery of a landscape that needs to be preserved” - (Paris, France)
            “Brilliant. Remember spending hours on these fields”
“Fascinating... great combination of archaeology, art and community. Sorry not to see the film - it wasn’t switched on... sound of it would have led me into the space... Inspiring... left me wanted to know more”
“A very emotional exhibition... the passion felt by all for the Didcot Dogmile is obvious... could be made into a book?”
                    “Two excellent poems - sums it all up doesn’t it?”
“A very interesting exhibition. Sad to see the greenfields covered in concrete and the wildlife decimated. Is this progress?”
            “The dog walk is disappearing... save it”
                                        “What a tragedy!”
“An interesting piece of local social history, but the over-riding feeling is one of over sentimentality. Dog walkers cannot hold future generations to ransom. The future is in Great Western Park. Whether these people like it or not” (comment added on the last day of the exhibition)
Karen Waggott Sketches from schools Marilyn Bartlett Wendy Botto Miranda Creswell
Artwork from the Dogmile CLICK ON A GALLERY BELOW
Above: Miranda Creswell (top) and Anwen Cooper talk at the exhibition launch night that attracted over 70 people
Above: Ed Vaizey, Didcot’s MP and Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries visits the exhibition and talks about the archaeology at Didcot west with Prof. Chris Gosden of Oxford University
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Artists’ galleries
Karen Waggott Sketches from schools Marilyn Bartlett Wendy Botto Miranda Creswell
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