Showing posts with label cultural landscapes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cultural landscapes. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Folklore Photo - Help identify this Spaniard's Bay landmark.

I got an email yesterday with the attached photo taken Saturday, 7 May 2016, asking if I knew anything about this structure. It is a cairn of stones near Spaniard's Bay, located on the ridge straight back from the Harbour Grace marina (does this make it more Harbour Grace South? or Bryant's Cove?)

I have a bit of a weak spot for cairns and marks, and have written a blog post about the American Man in Cupids, which can be found about a 20 minute drive from Spaniard's Bay.  This one seems a bit different, more square in shape than the round cairn of rocks that is the American Man.

So, Conception Bay people: if you know anything about this collection of stones, let me know. What is it called? Who built it? How old is it? What was it used for?

Comment below, or email me at

photo courtesy Paul Brazil.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Folklore Photo - Engine Rock, Petty Harbour, Newfoundland

This week's folklore photo is of Engine Rock (or Indian Rock, depending upon who you ask), overlooking the town of Petty Harbour.  I've written about this rock before, and I'm still interested in knowing more about any stories associated with it, and I'm especially curious about where the name comes from.

I was in Petty Harbour last week, with some colleagues from the Wooden Boat Museum of NL. We're looking into a possible intangible cultural heritage project there later this year, so stay tuned to this blog for more details!

- Dale

Monday, March 25, 2013

Two Great Talks

 This past week Julian Smith of the Willowbank School  visited Newfoundland to talk about contemporary issues and developments around cultural landscapes theory. Both of these talks had a fantastic turn-out -- over 40 people attended the Harris Centre's Synergy Session with another 40 people watching on-line through a webinar. In Bay Roberts at the Visitors Centre we had a wonderful group of over 30 people from at least 4 different communities. I think that this shows that the people of St. John's and surrounding communities really care about their physical and cultural environments, and want to learn as much as possible about how we can move forward with sensitive development in a booming Newfoundland. 

Leslie Harris Centre's Synergy Session, March 20th, 2013.
Julian Smith presenting at MUN for the Synergy Session.

The crowd in Bay Roberts listening to Julian Smith's presentation.

Many thanks to Julian Smith for coming out to speak to us about his work, and to all of the people who came out to our events. It was a great success for everyone involved. I'd particularly like to thank the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development for organizing the wonderful session at MUN. I'd also like to thank Marilyn Dawe for all of her assistance in organizing and promoting Julian's talk at the Bay Roberts Visitors Centre. 

-Lisa Wilson

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cultural Landscapes talk in Bay Roberts, March 21st

The Bay Roberts Visitors Pavilion

Don't forget to join the HFNL on Thursday, March 21st for our guest speaker Julian Smith. He will be giving a free talk on creating cultural landscapes in our communities. Everyone is welcome!

Time: 1pm-2pm
Date: March 21st, 2013
Location: Bay Roberts Visitors Pavilion, on the Veteran's Memorial Highway.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Creating Cultural Landscapes: Including Culture in Development

On Wednesday, March 20th, from 12:00 to 1:30, Julian Smith will be leading a discussion on cultural landscapes as a "Synergy Session" put on by the HFNL and MUN's Harris Centre. While the session is now full, Julian Smith's talk will still be accessible as a free webinar. To learn more about this presentation, and to register for the webinar, please visit the invitation provided by the Harris Centre.

Julian Smith is an educator, architect, and planner. He founded the graduate program in heritage conservation at Carleton in 1988, and later helped create the joint Carleton-Trent Ph.D. program in Canadian Studies. He is currently Executive Director of the Willowbank School and Centre for Cultural Landscape in Queenston, Ontario. He is also a practicing architect and planner--his recent projects include restoration of the Vimy Memorial in France.  He is co-author of the 2011 UNESCO Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscapes.