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Conference on Historical Perspectives on Rural Economies, Societies, Landscapes and Environment
To be held at the University of Nottingham, 14 to 15 April 2022

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Full rate (including coffee and tea breaks, accommodation for night of 14th April, breakfast on 15th April and conference dinner): £238.50
Reduced rate for speakers, students, PGRs and registered unemployed (including coffee and tea breaks, lunches, accommodation for night of 14th April, breakfast on 15th April and conference dinner): £207.50
Day rate (including coffee and tea breaks and lunch for a single day): £54
Conference dinner (for conference attendees who are paying the day rate, or guests): £34
Accommodation for the night preceding the conference can be booked with the venue itself, either online (click the Venue information button below) or by phone (0115 8760900).
Please register by 25 March at the latest.

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Friday 14 April
Arrival and coffee
Session 1
Paul Warde (University of Cambridge), ‘Tamlaght 1840: anatomy of a proto-industrial world’
Student Panel 1: Themes in Modern Rural British History
Jessica Lloyd-May (University of Nottingham), ‘The Revival of the Randwick Wap’
Owen Carlstand (University of York), ‘One Hundred Years of the UK Strawberry Industry: From Market Garden to Industrialisation and Back Again’
Session 2: Agricultural Reform and Government Policies
David Stead (University College Dublin), ‘The beginning of the end for British agricultural economics? The 1970 University Grants Committee review’
Rachael Bell (Massey University), ‘Over for Whom? Narratives and Realities at the Coalface of New Zealand’s Neoliberal Reform of Agriculture 1984–1987’
Student Panel 2: Animals in Rural Societies and Landscapes
Camille Vo Van Qui (University of Exeter), ‘The training of agricultural horses in medieval Western Europe (13th–15th centuries)’
Lena Walschap (KU Leuven and University of Antwerp), ‘Farmers with fishing nets. Pluriactivity in rural coastal communities as a coping strategy for climatic hazards in late medieval England’
Matthew White (King’s College London), ‘Reflections upon English Landscapes by British Hunters in the American West’
Annual General Meeting
Presentation of the Thirsk Prize, followed by Conference Dinner

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Saturday 15 April
Keynote Lecture
Mark Hersey (Mississippi State University), ‘Sketches from the Black Belt: Landscape, Identity, and the Remaking of the American South’
Session 3: Innovations, Technologies and Responses to Crises in British Agriculture
Andrew Black (Leeds Trinity University), ‘“Imperfectly controlled experiment”: The Central Veterinary Laboratory’s cattle worming trial and the practicalities of agricultural science’
Tony Pratt (Wiltshire College and University Centre), ‘Topographical Variations in Private and Public Support for Farmers in a mid-Victorian Epizootic: a comparative study’
Joanna Crosby (University of East Anglia), ‘The impact of orchards on rural economies, societies and landscapes in England from 1750 to 1900’
Session 4: British Agriculture and Rural Society in a Global World
Joseph Hardwick (Northumbria University), ‘The Church of England, the Institute of Rural Life, and the imperial horizons of rural reconstruction in England and the British empire after 1945’
Tea and departure

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Travel Information
The conference will be held at the Triumph Road Jubilee Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.
Public Transport: The venue can be reached from either Beeston train station or Nottingham train station by tram.

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