'Cultural Capital' Gallery Of Cultural Contributors
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"The chief glory of every people arises from its authors," said Dr Samuel Johnson (given a state pension at the instigation of local landowner Lord Bute of Highcliffe) in the Preface to his pioneering Dictionary. However in our more modern multi-media definition of the concept of 'cultural capital,' the other creative-arts professions - artists, musicians, filmmakers, etc - are included. This new section of the website will cover the creative figures who have made a cultural contribution in their chosen medium and have a personal connection with the region's main conurbation - its 'capital' in the geographic sense. Later, we'll add figures who have lived in the surrounding area, but for the time being we're just covering those linked to the present Bournemouth /Poole /Christchurch conurbation as its main population and business centre. (Zoomable Google Map of area, officially the SE Dorset Conurbation, here.)
Each page will have a summary of the person's career and cultural contribution and their local link, including any visitable local sites of interest, all illustrated where possible with photos, sketches, screenshots, book-page scans etc. Since there are potentially quite a number of nominees who need researching (there is a certain amount of confusion or misinformation floating about), we're adding them a page at a time. Below are the biographical entries uploaded to date.

Gallery Pages posted to date:

 
Grantley F. Berkeley The aristocratic failed novelist turned nonfiction writer who spent summers on the coast locally for decades, and who chronicled its early days as a Regency resort.  
Mary Eleanor Bowes
The poetry-writing heiress who was the victim of the Georgian Era's most scandalous marriage, which inspired Thackeray's Barry Lyndon, and who later retired to Bourne Heath in search of peace.  
Rupert Brooke The poet who became a cultural icon after his death in WWI had a colourful bohemian past, much of which took place in the Bournemouth area.  
Captain Woodes Rogers
The mariner from a Poole seafaring family whose detailed record of his pioneering circumnavigation became a sourcebook for later writers of nautical fiction, and whose account of his rescue en route of a desert-island castaway inspired Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, and who later became famous as the official who crushed the real pirates of the Caribbean, dramatised in the tv series Black Sails.  

 

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