National Trust-commissioned Writer Delves Into Meaning of the White Cliffs of Dover
SWINDON, England, August 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
The National Trust has commissioned writer and philosopher Julian Baggini to spend a
week at the White Cliffs of Dover, much of which is cared for by the Trust, exploring
through verse what this much loved stretch of the Kent coast says about the UK.
Based at the world famous and iconic South Foreland Lighthouse, he will be delving
into why the White Cliffs have become so wrapped up with our national identity and the
role they play in creating our sense of belonging.
Julian Baggini [http://whitecliffsofdoverwriter.wordpress.com ], who co-founded The
Philosophers’ Magazine, said: “For millions of Britons living across the world the White
Cliffs is a clear symbol of Britain, in much the same way that the Statue of liberty has
defined America. Even if we’ve never been to or seen the White Cliffs of Dover there is a
collective sense that they matter.
“I want to get a real sense of what the White Cliffs of Dover mean for British people,
including those for whom the cliffs were the first sight of the country, which would
become their adopted home.
“But it’s not just about symbolism. Many important episodes in our national story have
taken place on this stretch of coast, so I also want to look at how its local history has
shaped our national history. And I also want to talk to people about home some
contemporary debates, such as fishing and immigration, are being played out here.
“My suspicion is that if we look, there is an insightful portrait of the nation to be
found engraved in the chalky cliffs of East Kent.”
Julian was born in Folkestone, his mother is from Dover and his father is an Italian
whose first sight of his adoptive land in the early 1960′s was the White Cliffs of Dover.
The National Trust [http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk ] is currently trying to raise
GBP1.2 million to acquire a stretch of the most famous segment of the White Cliffs above
the Port of Dover.
Launched in late June*, the White Cliffs of Dover appeal
[http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whitecliffsappeal ] has seen more than ten thousand people
supporting the campaign to acquire this missing link: the National Trust already owns five
miles of the White Cliffs.
During his residency Julian will be blogging and capturing on camera his thoughts and
observations and will be talking to the people that live and work in vicinity of the White
Cliffs, taking time out to travel to France for a fresh perspective and debate their
meaning with local experts, trying to appreciate why the coast has defined our sense of
collective and personal identity.
A book of Julian’s observations and musings from his time at the White Cliffs of Dover
will be published in late September this year.
Notes to Editors:
*There are three easy ways that money can be donated to the appeal:
– Make a donation online at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whitecliffsappeal and
those that contribute can choose to have their name engraved on the Trust’s virtual White
Cliffs of Dover.
– Text a donation to support the appeal. For example, if someone wanted to donate GBP5
they would need to text ‘DOVR02 GBP5′ to ’70070′. The amount that is to be donated must be
included in the text.
– Make a donation over the phone by calling 0844 800 1895.
About The National Trust:
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, hundreds of
historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and carries out coastline
[http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/what-we-do/what-we-protect/coast-and-countryside ] on over
720 miles of coast. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to:
PR Contact: Steve Field The National Trust Heelis Kemble Drive Swindon SN2 2NA +44(0)1793-817706 http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk
SOURCE The National Trust