Saturday is INSPIRE Day!!

Saturday is INSPIRE Day!!!
In honour of the 6th point in our Nostalgianeer Manifesto

“As a Nostalgianeer we aspire to inspire others by openly declaring our passion for the past, sharing our knowledge and skills, actively helping other heritage organisations, volunteering our time and teaching others the lessons we have learned from history”

I am continually inspired by the past – which is why I am so passionate about what I do! There are clues and messages left to us by the people of long ago all around us and they constantly remind me that our modern way of living encourages us to cut corners, which we may later regret.
The photo on this status is a gate latch to a field on the Tyntesfield Estate near Bristol, a superb Victorian country now under the protection of The National Trust. The House itself is full of wonderful examples of handcraftsmanship, but it was such a pleasant surprise to see the same attention to detail and pride given to a simple gate, which no fancy visitor would have seen. It is so beautifully made and looks as good now as it would have when first made and will no doubt survive for hundreds of years if maintained. I like the fact that crafts people had the chance to express themselves through the materials and tools they used and the Blacksmith who made it would be proud that it was set to outlive him – his work was his legacy. Nowadays most builders look for the bottom line and would buy a cheap, ugly mass produced gate latch, because “it will do”, and the fact that it would need replacing just a few years later would not be their problem so why worry!
I would love to hear what or who inspires you.
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