The YSP Archive, sited above the Formal and Bothy Gardens and easily reachable from the Visitor Centre, holds images, audio and written material about the development of this pioneering organisation since its inception in 1977. Exhibited artists, artists in residence and issues associated with sculpture in the open air (nationally and internationally) may be researched and visits arranged by appointment. Consulted widely by landscape, tourism, museum, gallery and education professionals, the Archive is also available to students and the general public.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has provided a grant to enable further research into the history of the Bretton Estate and the development of YSP and a growing Heritage Archive now complements the main YSP Archive. The ‘heritage’ of the Bretton Estate has been variously interpreted to include existing documentation on: landscape and planting records; wildlife; historical and architectural features; social histories and families of the Bretton Estate; and historical maps.
This documentation is supplemented and enlivened by stories of life on the Estate by people living and working here from the 1960s to 2010. These videos are available to watch and listen to on the website. Contemporary landscape management plans also define aspirations for the future and the Archive will follow the evolution of the Estate under YSP management.
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