Jonathan Gardner (UK)
What remains in the aftermath of a temporary event like a festival, sporting spectacle, or exhibition?
How do both planned and unplanned event ‘legacies’ play out?
Explore these questions and more by experiencing two virtual tours taking in the history and archaeology of two London mega event sites at Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford.
Using Google Tour Builder, you can explore these huge festival sites from the comfort of your own home along a route that takes in some of traces they have left behind. At each stop you can click to watch a short video or, alternatively, read the transcript and view images, as well as exploring the contemporary landscape using Street View.
Each tour is about an hour long, but you can take in as much or as little as you like. At the end of each tour there are links to further information.
This tour presents the history and archaeology of the Crystal Palace Park in Sydenham, South
London. This enormous park was once the home of the famous Crystal Palace. This
building was originally constructed in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851, but move
here in 1852 and reopened as a strange mixture of museum and theme park. The site provides
an excellent example of the varied ‘afterlives’ of temporary events and how their traces can
linger over the long-term.
This tour explores the history and archaeology of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London (the main site of the 2012 Olympic Games) from prehistory to the present. It takes in archaeological discoveries made during preparations for the Games as well as exploring the rich heritage of the area prior to the event, and discusses post- ‘legacy’ developments.
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