Last Chance to See White Hawk Hill at Brighton Museum
This week is your last chance to see White Hawk Hill at the Brighton Museum. Situated on the South Balcony, there will be a special showing of the film by Red Earth and Anna Lucas. Collaborating with Dr Matt Pope and abandofbrothers, the site-specific film was filmed over a year from autumn to summer.
5,500 years ago Whitehawk Hill was the home of four white chalk walls. Older than Stonehenge, this monument was a place for community gatherings, feasting and burial and became part of an ancient ritual. Now, of course, it is home to another spectacular monument; a mobile phone mast. Though much of the hill still remains unexcavated, excavations in the 20th century found a number of fascinating artefacts including pottery and animal bones and four human burials; a 40 year old man, a young boy and two women in their twenties. The film, White Hawk Hill ‘is an evocation of a forgotten hinterland and its people, connecting archaeology, myth and contemporary life to reveal a landscape shared by two communities over 5,000 years apart.’
Red Earth and Anna Lucas collaborated with Dr Matt Pope, an archaeologist who grew up next to the hill and abandofbrothers, a charity organisation established by men committed to positive social change. Red Earth create ‘site-specific work in, and in response to the landscape: installations, performances and participatory events exploring our natural and cultural heritage, transforming our understanding of the places where we live’.
The film screening is free with museum admission.
feature image: Les Chatfield