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The Globe Theatre Site
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 7. Friday, 11 Jan 1991.
 
(1)   Date:         Fri, 11 Jan 91 12:07:32 EST              (14 lines)
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      Subject:      The Globe Theatre Site
 
(2)   Date:     Thu, 20 Dec 90 10:51 EST                     (39 lines)
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      Subject:  Globe archeology
 
(3)   Date:   Fri, 11 Jan 91 08:40:34 EST                    (54 lines)
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      Subject:  [The Globe Theatre Site]
 
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Date:         Fri, 11 Jan 91 12:07:32 EST
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Subject:      The Globe Theatre Site
 
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
 
The issue of the Globe theatre site still seems important, and as many
of you may have missed the original posting by John D. Cox (SHAKSPER
1.142, December 27 1990) because of holiday absences, I reprint it
below.  Further discussion or opinion is welcomed.
 
                                             Ken Steele
                                             University of Toronto
 
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Date:     Thu, 20 Dec 90 10:51 EST
From:     <COX@HOPE>
Subject:  Globe archeology
 
[Reprinted from SHAKSPER Vol. 1, No. 142. Thursday, 27 Dec 1990]
 
        I have just had a letter from Andrew Gurr, of the University of
Reading.  He is the principal academic consultant to the Rose and Globe
digs.  His letter appeals for mail to be sent to the Secretary of State
for the Environment and the head of English Heritage on behalf of the
Globe dig.
 
        His letter is too long to type here in full, but the gyst of it
is that the government is planning to put the Globe dig on hold for twenty-
five years.  Apparently this plan is not yet policy, and time remains to
influence the decision.  Hence Gurr's appeal for letters.  If you believe
the dig is important enough to proceed with at once, and if you are in-
clined to write two letters, please address them to:
 
                Michael Heseltine
                Secretary of State for the Environment
                c/o Heritage Division
                Department of the Environment
                2 Marsham Street
                London SW1P 3EB
 
                Dr. Geoffrey Wainwright
                English Heritage
                Fortress House
                23 Savile Row
                London W1X 2HE
 
        Incidentally, I wrote to inform Andrew Gurr of the existence of
SHAKSPER and to suggest that he subscribe to it, so he could issue future
letter requests by means of it.
 
Season's greetings (even if they come after Ken's hiatus),
 
John D. Cox
 
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Date:   Fri, 11 Jan 91 08:40:34 EST
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Subject:  [The Globe Theatre Site]
 
                             11 January 1991
 
     Let us hope that Andrew Gurr takes the advice John
D. Cox says he gave him in his letter of 20 December 1990
to explain to SHAKSPEReans his surprising call for
letters urging the British government to authorise a dig
on the site of the Globe Theatre to proceed "at once".
What's the rush?
 
     Whatever remains of the Rose Theatre site is still
awaiting reopening and, perhaps, further archaeological
investigation.  Despite plans for a museum, as far as I
have heard, no one knows any sure method of preserving to
public view the remains in the ground of the Rose
foundations, floor and drains uncovered in 1989.  I would
suggest that investigators first attempt to learn more
from the Rose site before disturbing any remains of the
Globe.
 
     In the summer of 1989 when deadlines were pressing
indeed, before the birth of SHAKSPER, I urged members of
Humanist and REED-L to join me in writing to try to
prevent any building over the Rose site.  I am very
grateful to those who did.  Some measures were taken to
partly preserve the site, but building was permitted to
proceed.
 
     As nearly as I can recall matters, after
archaeologists from the Museum of London were dismissed,
archaeologists from English Heritage took over the site
and agreed to the removing as waste of truckloads of
previously undisturbed soil from around the Rose to what
I was told was an unrecorded site.  (In the course of
this, the bone of a bear was revealed and saved by the
original archaeologists.)  Future generations may find
cause to forgive the people of this age for allowing such
tragic destruction of archaeological material, but at the
moment, I cannot see how or why they should.
 
     Until convinced otherwise, I am not persuaded that
anyone should be allowed to approach the Globe site with
any implement as dangerous as a dessert fork.
 
                                   Very sincerely,
                                   Stephen Miller,
 
Dept of English, King's College London,
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