The Women Who Saved the English Countryside
18 September 2022, 4.00pm£8.00
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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.
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.