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/
"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/
Launched in late June*, the White Cliffs of Dover appeal (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
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 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
- Text a donation to support the appeal. For example, if someone wanted to donate £5 they would need to text 'DOVR02 £5' 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 preservation (http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
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