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Wedged between the sections of a vaulting box are representations of a wheeled plough, a book, a clocking-in machine and a box with radiation hazard markings. This succession of objects symbolises human progress, creating what Woodrow calls 'a section through history'. At the top of the precarious structure sits the figure of Humpty Dumpty who, according to the nursery rhyme, 'sat on a wall' and 'had a great fall'. The ironic title English Heritage reflects Woodrow''s discomfort with the amount of jingoism in Britain during the 1980s, as well as a desire to question what actually constitutes his own heritage.

August 2004