South-East England has, in a small area, a rich assemblage of landscapes whose origins lie in the underlying rocks and soils. The sands, clays and limestones dictated farming and settlement patterns, rural industries and land ownership. These past activities have a direct link to the 21st century, giving us a landscape that has a National Park, expanding urban areas and a constantly evolving social landscape. This study day looks at representative landscapes past and present: coastal and inland in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, farms and nature reserves, woodlands and meadows, marshes and downland.
Speaker Dr Geoffrey Mead has taught adult education since 1984 at the University of Sussex, at the University of Surrey in Reigate and at the University of Greenwich in Chatham. He read for a Geography degree in 1983 as a mature student, followed by an MA in Local & Regional History with a PhD in Geography in 2012. As Convenor for Local History at Sussex from 1995 to 2010 he was part of the team presenting the Landscape Studies part-time degree.
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