Culture & the Countryside in the Twentieth Century

Representing Rurality: Culture & the Countryside in
the Twentieth Century
Wednesday November 4th, 2009
A one-day conference at the Museum of English Rural Life,
University of Reading
The conference is being held in connection with MERL’s Collecting Twentieth
Century Rural Culture project* (funded by HLF) and in cooperation with the Inter
War Rural History Research Group.
‘The Collecting 20thC Rural Culture Project’
Dr Roy Brigden, Keeper, Museum of English Rural Life
11.30-12.30 ‘Collecting Twentieth Century Landscape’
Professor David Matless, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham
Case Studies
‘Treasuring Things of the Least: Village Museums in England in the 1920s and
Bridget Yates, Research student, University of Gloucestershire
‘Cultural Representation of the Countryside in the post-War era’
Paul Stiff, Reader, Dept of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of
‘Little Red Tractors’
Dr Clare Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sheffield
Work in Progress Short Papers
‘Aerial photography and popular representations of the South Downs’
Edward Carpenter, English Heritage
‘England itself: The Inn and the Interwar Countryside’
Dr Stella Moss, St John’s College, University of Oxford
‘The Culture of the Countryside – an HLF outreach project’
Dr Veronica Sekules, Head of Education & Research, Sainsbury Centre for Visual
Arts, University of East Anglia.
‘Running Wild and Ridden: Observation and re-presentation of native ponies and
their wild habitats in the work of Allen W.Seaby (1867-1953)’
Jenny Kendrick, Research student, children’s literature, Roehampton University,
Tea, followed by plenary discussion
The discussion will be led by a panel comprising Professor John Sheail, Dr Jeremy
Burchardt and chaired by Professor Alun Howkins.
Cost of attending the conference (including lunch and all refreshments) is £10 –
cheques payable to the University of Reading. Attendance is free for postgraduate
students. For further information and to make a booking, contact Roy Brigden at the
Museum of English Rural Life: [email protected] tel 0118 3788663.