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The Women Who Saved the English Countryside

18 September 2022, 4.00pm

'The Women Who Saved the English Countryside' book cover
'The Women Who Saved the English Countryside' book cover
'The Women Who Saved the English Countryside' book cover
18 September 2022, 4.00pm

The Women Who Saved the English Countryside

Join Matthew Kelly as he explains the history of English landscape preservation over the last 150 years, told through the lives of four remarkable women.
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In Britain today, regulations protect the natural environment and guarantee public access to green space, but this was not always the case.

It came about, in part, due to the tireless campaigning of four remarkable women: Octavia Hill and Beatrix Potter, both well-known, and Pauline Dower and Sylvia Sayer, whose work is under-recognised and overlooked.

In this insightful talk, Matthew Kelly traces the 150-year history of landscape preservation through these visionary activists, highlighting their forgotten contribution to the countryside we now know and love, as they faced up to powerful vested interests, often in committees filled solely with men.

The speaker

Matthew Kelly is professor of Modern History at Northumbria University. He is the author of Finding Poland and Quartz and Feldspar: Dartmoor—A British Landscape in Modern Times.

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18 September 2022
4.00pm - 5.00pm
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