Sunday, 20 November 2016

Delighted for Tenby

Delighted to pass on news http://www.tenby-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109067&headline=Walled%20Towns%20honour%20for%20Tenby&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016
that Tenby has accepted the honour of being made Honorary Founder Member Walled Town of European Walled Towns (originally the Walled Towns Friendship Circle) Congratulations.
So how to get to Tenby? Try this link

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Two Symposia in October 2016 - Hellevoetsluis EWT; Ulqin/Ulcinj - very different, both successful

European Walled Towns Symposium in Holland and 'INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM KALAJA' in Montenegro.

Hellevoetsluis, Holland was a fortified naval port, and is now re-envisioned as the distinctive residential and commercial centre of a  new town in the Netherlands.

Ulcinj/Ulqin the most southerly walled town and resort in Montenegro. It's fine sunset silhouette was reflected in the Symposium logo, in an autumnal midday sun it seems at peace beside it's resort centre but at dawn it is thrillingly golden.(scroll down) Reports and presentations to follow.



Thursday, 7 July 2016

Walled Towns Bibliography 2014 renumbered 2016

Consolidated working research bibliography of 401 items for walled towns mainly from Academic Adviser's publications to date. 
May 2013 Revised Version – most duplication now eliminated, much further bibliography on individual walled towns could still to be added. Any comments on inaccuracies or possible additions will be welcomed: contact David M Bruce.

Monday, 25 April 2016

'Holland, Holland' walled town to host Symposium

Hellevoetsluis is the classic Dutch town - more water than town: it is a fortified port but has everything you would expect of a town in Holland (except perhaps a railway). it is not too far but a world away from Rotterdam. Late September, Hellevoetsluis will host 26th Walled Towns Symposium -  an intensive one and a half day conference with a special event, a range of papers and workshops as well as time for networking - watch this space europeanwalledtowns .org and Facebook for more details and booking.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

CILT Scotland Walled Towns

Thanks CILT (Chartered  Institute of Logistics and Transport ) Scotland for inviting me to Stirling to talk about Walled  Towns. I now appreciate even more Stirling's own walled  town credentials. Making best use of the public space for people within  every walled town was the theme. Full .pdf of slides will be linked here soon. 
Thanks to Cross Country for sponsoring my travel up and down to Edinburgh  from Bristol.  Time keeping and staff service both impeccable.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hidden in Plain View- Bristol's High Cross and Walled Old City

David Bruce will give a keynote paper on Bristol's High Cross and Town Walls (See link to full draft paper and below for abstract) at the Hidden Heritage (click to book) one day conference in Saturday 9th April 2016. European Walled Towns Members welcome.

mrwatson64 writes "There has been much excitement in the [Hidden Heritage]conference office and we can't wait to get the final preparations sorted. ... ; we have 17 speakers from the UK and several European countries

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Road on from Ravenna to Hellevoetsluis

European Walled Towns successful AGM and seminar in Ravenna this October has created a platform for activity to serve the interests of its member towns and associate members.
The new election of Drs. Veronica  Stern is particularly welcome.. Boring but important Constitutional matters made significant progress in Ravenna with the application to became an NGO registered in Malta The application  was  submitted in early November - we hear it is under formal consideration by the Registrar. In the meantime a Treasurer has been appointed, who will be working to produce an Account for 2015. See European walled towns.organisation for the President's New Year message.  The 2016 Symposium  will be in Hellevoetsluis in late September.  Programme and invitations to participate will be circulated soon.


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Walled towns in the United States?

Interesting note found about the town of St Augustine in Florida. Although the town was only defended by walls across the peninsular base for a period in the eighteenth century, the prime defensive structure - Castillo de San Marcos - remains in good repair as the article by Tom Brennan illustrates. The link is from the 'Fortified Places' website run by Dominic Goode, welcomes contributions.
Other former walled towns in the US include:

  • New Amsterdam/New York ('Wall Street' is the give away!)
  • Charleston, whose defences were apparently to be strengthened in 1745 to protect against "incursions of Indians...[and] country negroes... quiet at present but have not always been so" (Bruce P.H.[Fortifications Engineer] 'Memoirs' Dublin 1783) - interesting evidence of the threat posed by black American slaves, not so content with their degradation as apologists for slavery have sometimes suggested.
  • Albany, the wall remnants of which town were reportedly lost to make a carpark.
Are other examples known?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Galle, Sri Lanka and Hikone, Japan

Two different walled towns:
Incontrovertibly a walled fortified town is Galle in the south of Sri Lanka.  Since ancient times and until the 19th Century rise of Colombo, Galle was Serendip's principal trading port. Its Portuguese then massively Dutch built fortifications largely protected the walled town from the 2004 Tsunami  (although at some extra tragic cost to the rest of the city).
 A World Heritage City, Galle is well preserved with much ongoing conservation work, with a lively and culturally mixed local population and some fine hotels and guest houses and a Heritage Foundation


Hikone, in contrast is described in the Japanese manner as a 'Castle Town' .In central Honshu on Japan's largest lake, the focus of preservation, is the fine typical Edu period (17th Century) castle

with one of the finest, though not the largest, of classic Japanese gardens. However parts of the walled town, including samurai houses and town defences do survive. It would qualify as a Walled Town IF it wished to celebrate urban life, in the shadow of a castle. It is on the Japanese tentative list for World Heritage listing More details can be found from the City of Hikone