Heritage

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Beowulf to Steampunk

TLS reviews on Englishness and place

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A Church and its Lies

Potsdam’s Garrison Church rises from the grave

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Empire of Domes

TLS review on the English Colonial Baroque

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Back-to-Backs

Leeds’ Unique Housing Legacy 

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Apollo on Monumental Lies

“A knowledgeable and thought-provoking intervention.”

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Charles III: Misguided at best

The king’s love of the traditional has ideological impacts

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Military-Heritage Complex

The uneasy relationship between armies and cultural protection

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“Nine brilliant and well-informed chapters”

Emma Dent Coad MP on Monumental Lies

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Think Tanks and Beauty Myth

How Right think tanks influence the beauty debate

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London’s Problem Monuments

The contestation of the capital’s memorial landscape

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Is Putin Targeting Culture?

Ethics of Cultural Protection

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Enigma Wrapped Up in a Riddle

Bletchley Park’s problem with interpretation

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Why Monuments Matter

An introduction to Monumental Lies

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Western Arrogance on Parade 

Robert’s contribution to David Chipperfield’s guest edit

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Bridge Across Time

English Heritage’s new span to Tintagel

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Monumental Lies

Robert’s recent book Monumental Lies: Culture Wars and the Truth about the Past is proving a critical success. The book examines the politicisation of the historic environment and reminds us why material evidence matters so much. It has been a book of the year in the Financial Times,  the Art Newspaper and elsewhere. Robert is undertaking a…

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Gobelki Tepe

The world’s oldest temple. Did architecture begin here?

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The Meaning of Mali

Heritage and human rights. The Meaning of Mali

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British Council

Launching the Cultural Protection Fund.

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Palmyra

The Ethics of Reconstruction. Palmyra

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Eileen Gray

Can a house have a £MeToo moment? Restoring Eileen Gray’s pioneering house

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Target Heritage

From Mali to Bangladesh and beyond, ideology is making a target of cultural heritage.

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Iconoclasm as genocide warning

Attacks on buildings conveying cultural identity can be a warning of incipient ethnic cleansing or genocide.

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World Heritage Convention at 40

Is the world heritage convention having a midlife crisis? Published as: World Heritage at 40: success or mess? in THE ART NEWSPAPER Number 240, November 2012

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Neues Museum, Berlin

David Chipperfield’s masterpiece used Bevan’s book, The Destruction of Memory as a guide to its critical reconstruction.

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Minaretphobia

Racism is behind the fight against building minarets in the West.

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The Destruction of Memory

One of the ten best architecture books says The Independent.  This analysis of attacks on architecture helped define a new field of study.

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9/11 Memorial

High finance and low politics undermines commemoration at Ground Zero.

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Common Ground

An essay on Islamophobia and the stand-off between heritage and the  avant-garde commissioned for a critical reader accompanying the 2012 Venice Biennale.

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Heritage Journalism

Journalism about historic architecture and places and issues relating to material culture, including looting and provenance and human rights, is a consistent element of Robert Bevan’s heritage advocacy.

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Cultural Genocide

Why culture should be central to the definition of genocide.

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New Orleans

New Orlean’s history and identity are in danger from its misconceived rebuilding programme.