'Cultural Capital' section
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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 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, and the immediately surrounding area. (Zoomable Google Map of area, officially the SE Dorset Conurbation, here.) We also include some individuals who are 'cultural icons', who were not necessarily creative types themselves, but were inpirational figures (such as Marconi or Baden-Powell) who feature as characters in fiction and drama etc.
Each era - Georgian, Victorian etc - will have its own intro page with some historical background to put cultural developments into perspective. Major cultural contributors will have their own illustrated feature page with a summary of the person's career and their local connections, including visitable local sites. Note that coverage is not limited to those simply living here: we include those who have written notable works about the vicinity.

Feature Pages posted to date:

Georgian Era  
Intro page with 10 contributors, here
Plus additional gallery pages for these contributors:   
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.  
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.  
Victorian Era
Intro page with 10 contributors, here
Plus additional gallery pages for these contributors:  
The Shelleys Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, died before Shelley Manor in Boscombe was ready for her, but she was buried here in the family tomb, along with her literary parents Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Her and her late husband the poet Percy Shelley's son, Percy Florence Shelley and his wife Lady Jane Shelley, established Shelley Manor as the town's first literary centre.  
Rupert Brooke The poet born in the Victoria era who became a cultural icon after his death in WWI had a colourful bohemian past, much of which took place in the Bournemouth area.  

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