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Playing back the past. Part 1: deciphering old structures and the work of the RCHME

Simon Mack (Simon Mack, at the time of writing, was a Chartered Building Surveyor and Estates and Facilities Manager for The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME), Swindon, UK.)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 1 May 2000

Abstract

Postulates the metaphor of a “video camera” to discuss the way old structures accumulate physical signs of the events through which they have existed. Outlines the nature and purpose of the RCHME, its constitution, size, and its objectives of: survey, curating and making available its archives, and recording of “threatened buildings”. Suggests why the past is regarded as significant and how historical research operates by piecing together evidence. Explains how old structures contribute their stored evidence to this process.

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Mack, S. (2000), "Playing back the past. Part 1: deciphering old structures and the work of the RCHME", Structural Survey, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 74-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/02630800010330103

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