RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 416/PRO/3
Extent18 box files, 3 ring binders, 2 filing cabinet drawers, 7 folders, 1 box, loose items
TitleNew Milestones
DescriptionThe New Milestones project was launched by Common Ground in 1986 to explore 'what places mean to the people who live in them, to express that meaning in an imaginative and accessible way through sculpture' ('New Milestones: Sculpture, Community and the Land', 1988, p. 15). The aim of the project was to support local communities in commissioning a sculpture to celebrate and draw attention to an aspect of their local landscape, such as its history, topography, geology, natural history or people. The project involved close collaboration between Common Ground, local communities and craftspeople to create permanent works of art with significance for present and future inhabitants. The pilot phase of the project took place in Dorset between 1985 and 1988, with Joanna Morland as the project officer based in Dorchester from 1986 onwards. The five sculptures commissioned in Dorset were: ‘Turning Point’ at Godmanstone by Christine Angus, ‘Entrance’ by Andy Goldsworthy at Hooke Park, ‘Chiswell Earthworks’ by John Maine on Portland, ‘Wayside Carvings’ by Peter Randall-Page near Lulworth Cove, and ‘Grains of Wheat’ on the Weld Estate by Simon Thomas. Later, the project was extended to Yorkshire, where it was managed by Steve Chettle of Cleveland Arts. Three commissions followed: for eight sculptures by Alain Ayers in Hilton; for ‘Masham Leaves’ by Alain Ayers in Masham; and for three cliff top sculptures by Richard Farrington at Huntcliff, which included the 'Circle'. The last sculpture commissioned as part of the New Milestones project was 'Riverside Sculptures' by Michael Fairfax in Waterrow, Somerset. A conference (23 July 1988) and exhibition were held at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester between 16 July and 3 September 1988. The exhibition brought together photographs of all the sculptures commissioned and set in the Dorset landscapes. A book by Joanna Morland with an introduction by Sue Clifford and Angela King, entitled 'New Milestones: Sculpture, Community and the Land'' was published in 1988.

Material in this section of the archive includes general project administration files; printed material relating to promotion and publicity of the project; and photographic material.
FormatVarious formats
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsPlease note that access to some files is restricted subject to Data Protection legislation. Access may only be provided on a case-by-case basis and upon completion of a Data Protection form.
ArrangementThe files in this section of the archive were originally kept together by Common Ground; however, they have been rearranged into series to reflect the different activities within the project and to provide contextual information for users. The original order within each file has been preserved. Duplicates have been removed and disposed of wherever possible within these files, but three examples of each document have been retained. Photographic material has been repackaged as much as possible.
Creator_NameCommon Ground; arts and environmental charity (1982-)
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