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British Agricultural History Society Spring Conference

Cannington Centre, near Bridgwater, Somerset, 26 to 28 March 2018



13.30 Meeting of the Executive Committee (with buffet lunch)
15.30 Coffee and registration
16.00 AGM [Agenda and proposal form]
17.15 Dr John Morgan (University of Manchester) [Water Management in Britain in the Seventeenth Century]
18.45 Dinner
19.45 Rob Wilson-North (Exmoor National Park) ‘The Knight Family and the Reclamation of Exmoor Forest, 1820-1890’


9.00New Researchers session
11.15Prof. Edmund Cannon (University of Bristol) [Economics of Grain Storage in England, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century]
13.30 Field trip to Somerset Museum of Rural Life, Glastonbury
19.00 Drinks Reception
19.30 Conference Dinner


9.00 Prof. Jane Whittle (University of Exeter) [Women’s Work in Early Modern England Project]
9.45 Dr Mark Hailwood (University of Bristol) [Women’s Work in Early Modern England Project]
11.30Prof. Doug Hurt (Purdue University), ‘The Green Revolution: Science, Politics, and Unintended Consequences’
12.30 Lunch
2.00pm Conference disperses

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Pond on Cannington Campus


The BAHS offers bursaries to postgraduates to enable them to attend this conference. Applications should reach the Prof. Henry French by email,, by 5 March 2018, attaching a letter of support from their supervisor/tutor. The closing date for applications is 10th March 2017. Depending on demand, priority for bursaries may be given to those speaking at the conference. Bursaries will not normally be awarded to the same student more than once, and will cover conference subsistence but not travel.

How to get there

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By car: heading south, take the M5 to J23, ‘Puriton’. Take the A39 (Bristol Rd) towards Bridgwater (3rd exit off motorway junction roundabout). At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Bristol Rd/A38. Turn right onto Wylds Rd. Turn right onto Western Way/A39 and stay on A39 until you reach Cannington*, where it becomes Brook St. Brook St turns slightly left and becomes Fore St. Turn right onto Rodway and left into Bridgwater College Campus.
Heading north, take J24, ‘Huntworth Ln/A38’ and continue on A38 to Cannington (skirting Bridgwater to the south, after which the road becomes the A39). Follow instructions from *.
By public transport:Take the GWR train or National Express coach to Bridgwater. Then catch the B1 bus (direction ‘Hamp’; there is one at 13.44) to Angel Place, and from there take the number 14 to Cannington. There is a number 14 at 14.30 which gets to Cannington Post Office at 14.26. The Campus is a 4-minute walk from the Post Office.Walk back on the High St in the direction the bus came from (East) and turn left onto Rodway. Turn left into the Bridgwater College Campus.