Forgotten History

Despite its small size, the Isle of Wight has played an important part in British History. From Tudor castles to Napoleonic Forts, early radar stations and Cold War rocket testing. Many of these sites now form parks and have become backdrops to dog walkers and runner’s daily routines, far removed from their original purpose. Other sites were important social and touristic locations, which have become rundown, demolished and all-but lost, except in the memory of those who knew what stood there.

These photographs explore how these sites have been transformed and how they are becoming almost forgotten among contemporary life – except for the ubiquitous information board. These sites may not be as impressive as castles and stately homes that are being preserved, but that doesn’t mean they are anyway less important.

This is an ongoing project which started as part of my MA looking at shifting cultural narratives and memory.