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Conference on Historical Perspectives on Rural Economies, Societies, Landscapes and Environment

Jubilee Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, 8 to 10 April 2019



12.30 Meeting of the Executive Committee (with buffet lunch)
15.30 Tea/coffee and registration
16.00 AGM
17.15 Session 1: Dr Peter Larson, ‘Local society vs. economic change: A trajectory from north-eastern England, 1349-1700’
  Dr Katie Bridger, ‘Environment, gentry agriculture and the inquisitions post mortem: a Leicestershire case study, c.1460-1560’
  Dr Frances Richardson, ‘The transition from the Welsh “tribal system” of landholding to landed estates in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries’
18.45 Dinner
19.30 Session 2: Dr John Broad: 2019 Presidential Lecture


9.00 New Researchers’ session A:
  Junhao Cao (University of Utrecht), ‘Dutch Agricultural Transition in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Times: a regional investigation in comparative and long-term perspective’
  Eloise Kane (University of Bristol), ‘Beyond the Pale: hare hunting and class tension in the post-medieval period’
  Gary Willis (University of Bristol), ‘Fields into Factories: the impact on the agricultural landscape of Britain’s expanded war industry, 1936–1945’
9.00 New Researchers’ session B:
  Iain Riddell (University of Leicester), ‘Grampian female farmers, role models, status and motivation, 1830-1910: A sub-regional network analysis of kinswomen’
  Leonard Baker (University of Bristol), ‘Ecologies of Conflict: Landscape Change, Ritual and Protest in the Nineteenth Century English South West’
12.00 Session 3: (Dr) Joshua Rhodes, ‘ Family farming in nineteenth-century England: new evidence and perspectives’
  Dr Adrián Gustavo Zarrilli, ‘The nature put in check. The expansion of the agricultural frontier in Argentina and its socio-environmental impact (1980-2017)’
14.00 Field trip to be announced.
19.00 Drinks Reception
19.30 Conference Dinner


9.15 Session 4: Prof. Christopher Dyer, ‘Popular Perceptions of Agricultural Landscapes in the Middle Ages’
  Dr Matthew Blake, ‘Living with Others: Sharing the Agricultural Landscape with “Wild” Animals in the Early Medieval Period’
  Dr Susan Kilby, ‘New Perspectives on Peasant Perceptions of the Agrarian Landscape in the Later Middle Ages’
11.00 Session 5: Dr Kent Fedorowich, ‘The Canadian Forestry Corps in Britain during the First World War’
13.00 Lunch
14.00pm Conference disperses

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The BAHS offers bursaries to postgraduates to enable them to attend this conference. Applications should reach the Prof. Henry French by email,, by 11 March 2019, attaching a letter of support from their supervisor/tutor. 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.

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