Not What It Used To Be

Arcadian visions of Britain, in particular England, have appeared in prose, poetry and music for centuries.

Skilfully evoked, they touch our very souls.

But since the beginning, they have been manipulated by politicians, the military and advertisers to sell us policies, products and even identities.

With political journalist Anthony Howard, historian Lisa Jardine, composer Michael Berkeley, singer Tom Robinson and rural writer Richard Mabey, Sean Street explores the archive of a potent emotion - nostalgia.

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England And Nostalgia20061226

Arcadian visions of Britain, in particular England, have appeared in prose, poetry and music for centuries.

Skilfully evoked, they touch our very souls.

But since the beginning, they have been manipulated by politicians, the military and advertisers to sell us policies, products and even identities.

With political journalist Anthony Howard, historian Lisa Jardine, composer Michael Berkeley, singer Tom Robinson and rural writer Richard Mabey, Sean Street explores the archive of a potent emotion - nostalgia.