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. Programme: 10-10.30 Arrivals/coffee 11-11.30 ‘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 12.30-1.15 Lunch 1.15-2.45 Case Studies ‘Treasuring Things of the Least: Village Museums in England in the 1920s and 1930s’ 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 Reading ‘Little Red Tractors’ Dr Clare Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sheffield 2.45-3.30 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, London 3.30-5.00 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.