Bryan Little promotes the notion that a whole city may be considered as a single monument which both commemorates many phases of history and which has survived frorn one phase to the next.
Some cities are more obvious monuments than others, especially those which from an early date have been aware of the need to conserve their historical identity. There are, however, others which have much more recently begun to take account of their potential as monuments of their own earlier development. Such a city is Bristol, described by the author in this journal in 1951 as 'England's sixth provincial city... yet there have been moments during the last century and a half when she has strangely slipped out of public notice'. The 1961 article was concerned with Bristol's historical evolution. This one is concerned with its recent efforts not only to survive but also to commemorate its previous history.