Kingston Ancient

Kingston Ancient | Jack Honeysett | 2010

 

This film brings together two institutions involved in engagement with and the representation of history; one is a National Trust property, the other is an experimental archaeology centre. One is a manor house, the other is an experimental archaeology centre. Both institutions attempt to represent the past and achieve this through different methods. The piece brings together interviews with the curator of the manor house and the program leader from the archaeology centre. The video is about approaches to representing the past. The lens through which we understand history is entirely dictated by our context and the narratives we place on its retelling. How can we get closer to understanding the past, and what is the role of nostalgia, in understanding history through a romanticized view?