History Workshop Journal, No. 39 (Spring 1995), pp182-192. Published by Oxford University Press.
p183 - 'The new 'intrusions' are no more from outside, nor more 'out of place', than were in their time many of the components of the currently-accepted 'character of the place'.
p185 - A place as a seclusion.
'What are at issue are competing histories of the present, wielded as arguments over what should be in the future.'
Arguments over what should be in the future.
p186 - 'Both of these histories of the past, moreover, are constructed so as to confirm the views and convictions of the present.'
'...it helps us to think of them as temporal and not just spatial: as set in time as well as space.'
'The identity of places is very much bound up with the histories which are told of them, how those histories are told, and which history turns out to be dominant.'
p187 - 'If the past transforms the present, helps thereby to make it, so too does the present make the past. All of which is really a way of saying that in trying to understand the identity of places we cannot - or, perhaps, should not - separate space from time, or geography from history.'
p188 - 'Places as depicted on maps are places caught in a moment; they are slices through time.'
'It is for this reason that it may be useful to think of places, not as areas on maps, but as constantly shifting articulations of social relations through time; and to think of particular attempts to characterise them as attempts to define, and claim coherence and a particular meaning for, specific envelopes of space-time.'
p190 - 'The description, definition, and identification of a place is thus always inevitably an intervention not only into geography but also, at least implicitly, into the (re)telling of the historical constitution of the present. It is another move in the continuing struggle over the delineation and characterisation of space-time.'