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A Landscape Revolution? Introductory Workshop
Sat 28 May 2016, 10:30 – 13:00 BST
A landscape transformed: Breckland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
During 2016 landscape historians at UEA will be working on a project exploring the changing landscape of the Brecks in the period c.1700-1930. Many parishes experienced dramatic change during this time as heathland commons were replaced by enclosed fields and plantations. The project will seek to chart these changes and explore the stories behind them, drawing together existing research and presenting new findings through a new project website.
A number of workshops and day schools are planned for this year which will provide opportunities to find out more about researching the changing post-medieval landscape, with a particular emphasis on contemporary maps and documents. There will also be opportunities for volunteers and local groups to get involved with the project through carrying out research, sharing existing knowledge and contributing to the project website.
Our recent research has touched on many themes relating to the development of the Brecks in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the enclosure of heathland, rabbit warrens, the planting of pine lines, the evolution of designed landscapes, the decline of landed estates, mapping the landscape, tree planting and forestry and changes in the road and footpath network. This project will provide opportunities to add to our knowledge of these topics and to bring together these various strands to present an accessible view of the changing landscape.
This introductory workshop is for anyone interested in the project, and who might be interested in getting involved as a volunteer. There will be a short talk on the project, and the landscape history of Breckland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, followed by an opportunity to look at historic maps and other sources from the period.
The workshop will be led by a member of the UEA team, Dr Jon Gregory, Dr Sarah Spooner and Professor Tom Williamson.
For more information on the project and how you can get involved please contact Dr Jon Gregory – firstname.lastname@example.org
This is part of a wider HLF-funded project, Breaking New Ground, which encompasses a range of activities and events across the Brecks in Norfolk and Suffolk. You can find out more on the project website - http://www.breakingnewground.org.uk/