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Storey G2 launches new ownership-mapping LANDED project

Author: 
Chris Satori

 

Storey G2 is launching a pilot, for a new project titled 'LANDED (CADASTRAL MAPS)' to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire, and revealing change over time.It follows on from their previous work on "Landed (Freeman's Wood)".

This is a pilot for a project to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire, and revealing change over time.

As their Freeman's Wood project explained, ownership of land is fundamental to all social structures. Unequal distribution of land provides owners with social and economic power. In Britain about 69% of the land is owned by 0.6% of the population.

However, landownership is a hidden political topic in England. In the 1970s, there was political discussion and academic research on the topic, but since then, land ownership and the redistribution of land has largely disappeared from debate.

The pilot runs from June to late 2017. It focuses on a thin west-east slice of north Lancashire, from the remains of Cockersands Abbey on the coast, across to the Trough of Bowland. This geographic slice includes seacoast with salt marsh tidal flats, farmland which has been reclaimed by sea defences, higher farmland, and moorland, including grouse moors. There are north-south transport routes through it including a canal, west coast mainline railway, M6 motorway, and the A6 major road.

The commissioned artist researchers for this pilot are Rebecca Chesney and Layla Curtis. 

The pilot is the research or information collection stage of the project. The artist researchers will investigate and explore the sources and methods required to produce cadastral maps of the area. The full project is intended to be an exploration of land ownership mapping in England, taking an area of north Lancashire as an example.

Storey G2 would be pleased to hear from anyone who has knowledge of present or historical landownership in this area.

You can find out more at their website http://www.storeyg2.org.uk/landed-cadastral-maps/.

This pilot project is funded by Arts Council England and the Landscape Research Group.

 

 

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