Homage to Seahenge

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2011 at 7:57 am

In Boston Square, Hunstanton, Norfolk, is a sensory park commissioned by Norfolk County Council and designed by Jeremy Stacey Architects. In the park is what looks like a homage to Seahenge which is a prehistoric structure that was found off the coast of Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk: a timber circle from the Bronze Age. It was discovered in 1998 and now resides in the Lynn Museum. There was much controversy at the time of the discovery over whether the structure should be moved or left in its found place.

I thought a short extract from Archive Fever by Jacques Derrida may be pertinent:

…the archive, as printing, writing, prosthesis, or hypomnesic technique in general is not only the place for stocking and for conserving an archivable content of the past which would exist in any case, such as, without the archive, one still believes it was or will have been. No, the technical structure of the archiving archive also determines the structure of the archivable content even in its very coming into existence and in its relationship to the future. The archivization produces as much as it records the event. (p17)

Related Links

Seahenge on Wikipedia

Seahenge at the Lynn Museum

For information on my other work, please go to: particulations



Derrida, Jacques. 1998. Archive Fever. Trans. by Eric Prenowitz (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: