The White Cliffs of Dover loom large in our national story. They have come to symbolise, for many, the spirit and nature of the British character. These imposing chalky cliffs have also played a crucial part in a sense of journey and the adventure of travel or that feeling of coming home and stepping on to terra firma. For millions of Brits living across the world the White Cliffs are a clear symbol of British identity, in the same way that the statue of liberty has defined American values.
Writer and philosopher Julian Baggini will be spending a week at the White Cliffs of Dover, much of which is cared for by the National Trust, unpicking the meaning of this much loved stretch of the Kent coast. He will be delving into why they have become so wrapped up with our national identity. How can one place become so intrinsically linked to defining our sense of belonging?
As an Island nation we’re never that far from the coast, and he’ll also be looking at what our relationship with the coast says about us.
Julian will be talking to the people that live and work in vicinity of the White Cliffs, taking time out to travel to France for a fresh perspective and unpack their meaning with local experts.