About Us

MBG OBJECTIVES

  • To collect photographic images of Malton and surrounding areas. The photographs included within this website will reveal the rich beauty of vintage Malton architecture.

  • To collect architectural drawings and maps; within this website, you will find a multitude of maps and architectural drawings, in the form of images. These particular historical artefacts are shared exclusively on MBG's website.

  • To collect conservation and repair reports and related research. The reports included on the website will consist of narrative, as well as photographic images of the building(s).

You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him. You cannot make both. Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. If you will have that precision out of them, and make their fingers measure degrees like cog-wheels, and their arms strike curves like compasses, you must unhumanize them. All the energy of their spirits must be given to make cogs and compasses of themselves. All their attention and strength must go to the accomplishment of the mean act. The eye of the soul must be bent upon the fingerpoint, and the soul’s force must fill all the invisible nerves that guide it, ten hours a day, that it may not err from its steely precision, and so soul and sight be worn away, and the whole human being be lost at last--a heap of sawdust, so far as intellectual work in this world is concerned: saved only by its Heart, which cannot go into the form of cogs and compasses, but expands, after the ten hours are over, into fireside humanity. On the other hand, if you will make a man of the working creature, you cannot make a tool. Let him but begin to imagine, to think, to try to do anything worth doing; and the engine-turned precision is lost at once. Out come all his roughness, all his dullness, all his incapability; shame upon shame, failure upon failure, pause after pause: but out comes the whole majesty of him also; and we know the height of it only when we see the clouds settling upon him. And whether the clouds be bright or dark, there will be transfiguration behind and within them.

John Ruskin, ‘The Nature of Gothic’, The Stones of Venice.

 

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