Delightful Dan engages audience in King’s Lynn Festival

KL Festival Dan Cruickshank ANL-150722-180929001
KL Festival Dan Cruickshank ANL-150722-180929001

The impact of the “cultural terrorism” being seen in the Middle East was brought to Lynn during Dan Cruickshank’s talk in the Guildhall on Wednesday.

Popular BBC television presenter and art historian Mr Cruickshank spoke with passion on Islamic State’s wanton destruction of historic treasures.

This helped to illustrate some of the arguments within his Re-creation of Lost Building talk.

Mr Cruickshank discussed the dilemmas faced in reconstructing lost architecture or moving on along with the importance of these structures to national identities.

During his engaging talk, Mr Cruickshank displayed images of buildings and statues, such as a the winged bull gatekeepers in Nimrud, which have been destroyed by the fanatics armed with modern power tools.

He later moved on to the monumental task faced by the Polish Government in re-building historic quarters in Warsaw after they were symbolically destroyed by the Nazis.

For me, this was the most fascinating aspect of the talk. Hearing of how artists and architects had sourced pictures of the Old Town from across the world to re-create these important buildings.

Mr Cruickshank also looked at Dresden following the Allied bombing campaign and Stalingrad, which is now St Petersburg.

Listening to Mr Cruickshank, it was impossible not be anything but impressed with his sheer depth of knowledge from across a range of subjects.

Everyone in the Guildhall on Wednesday was no doubt charmed and entertained.

Victoria Fear