People's Landscapes: Contested Landscapes

A roundtable discussion of the history of land access and ownership, exploring how this has both physically and politically shaped our land and our access to it.

People’s Landscapes: Beyond the Green & Pleasant Land is a lecture series convened by the University of Oxford’s National Trust Partnership, which brings together experts and commentators from a range of institutions, professions and academic disciplines to explore people’s engagement with and impact upon land and landscape in the past, present and future.

The National Trust cares for 248,000 hectares of open space across England, Wales and Northern Ireland; landscapes which hold the voices and heritage of millions of people and track the dramatic social changes that occurred across our nations' past. In the year when Manchester remembers the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, the National Trust’s 2019 People’s Landscapes programme is drawing out the stories of the places where people joined to challenge the social order and where they demonstrated the power of a group of people standing together in a shared place. Throughout this year the National Trust is asking people to look again, to see beyond the green and pleasant land, and to find the radical histories that lie, often hidden, beneath their feet.

At the first event in the series, Contested Landscapes, panelists discuss the history of land access and ownership, exploring how this has both physically and politically shaped our land and our access to it.

The Speakers:
Alice Purkiss | National Trust Partnership Lead | University of Oxford (Welcome)

Helen Antrobus | National Public Programme Curator | National Trust (Chair)

Dr Briony McDonagh | Lecturer in Human Geography | University of Hull

Helen Wright | Visitor Experience Manager - Peak District | National Trust

Dr Stephen Mileson | Research Fellow | University of Oxford

Kate Ashbrook | Chair of Trustees | Ramblers

For more information about the People’s Landscapes Lecture Series and the National Trust Partnership at the University of Oxford please visit: www.torch.ox.ac.uk/national-trust-partnership

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