Skip to main content
Shopping cart: items Cart

Distributed for UCL Press

A Contemporary Archaeology of London’s Mega Events

From the Great Exhibition to London 2012

The contemporary archaeology of urban mega-events.

This book explores the traces of London’s most significant modern “mega events”: the Great Exhibition of 1851, the 1951 Festival of Britain’s South Bank Exhibition, and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Though only open for a few weeks or months, mega events permanently and disruptively reshape their host cities and societies: they demolish and rebuild whole districts, they draw in materials and participants from around the globe, and their organizers self-consciously seek to leave a “legacy” that will endure for decades or more. The book argues that these spectacles must thus be seen as long-lived and persistent, rather than simply transient or short-term phenomena. It explores the long-term history of each event through contemporary archaeology, examining the contents and building materials of the Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace and their extraordinary afterlife at Sydenham, South London; how the Festival of Britain’s South Bank Exhibition employed displays of ancient history to construct a new postwar British identity; and how London 2012 dealt with competing visions of the past as archaeology, waste, and heritage in creating a vision of the future.

360 pages | 71 color plates | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Archaeology

Geography: Urban Geography


UCL Press image

View all books from UCL Press

Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue: A Research
Autobiography

I Interdisciplinary
Research: A systems Approach

1. Interdisciplinary
research

2.
Being interdisciplinary

II  Doing Interdisciplinary Research

3.
How to start

4. Establishing
a research base-1: system models

5.
Establishing a research base-2: data

6. Doing
the research: different kinds of problem solving

III  Tricks of the trade

7. Adding to the toolkit: explorations

8. Adding
to the toolkit-2: more on superconcepts

IV.
Managing and Organising Research

9.
Managing research, managing ourselves

10.
Organising research

Bibliography

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press