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British Agricultural History Society Spring Conference

Cannington Centre, near Bridgwater, Somerset, 26 to 28 March 2018

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13.00 Meeting of the Executive Committee (with buffet lunch)
15.00 Coffee and registration
16.00 AGM [Agenda and proposal form]
17.15 Dr John Morgan (University of Manchester) [Water Management in Britain in the Seventeenth Century]
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Rob Wilson-North (Exmoor National Park) ‘The Knight Family and the Reclamation of Exmoor Forest, 1820-1890’


9.15New Researchers session:
  Spike Gibbs (University of Cambridge), ‘State “Incorporation” and the Manor: Constables, Churchwardens and Manorial Officeholders at Worfield, 1327-1600’
  Imogene Dudley (University of Exeter), ‘Women’s working lives in the rural south-west, 1644–1700’
  Phil Back (University of Sheffield), ‘The meaningless designation: Lothian’s country parks and the blank sheet of paper’
  Dilys Jones (University of Manchester), ‘ Changing dairy methods in Cardiganshire 1916–1932’
11.15Prof. Edmund Cannon (University of Bristol) ‘Economics of Grain Storage in England, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century’
13.30 Field trip to Somerset Museum of Rural Life, Glastonbury
19.00 Drinks Reception
19.30 Conference Dinner


9.30 Prof. Jane Whittle (University of Exeter) [Women’s Work in Early Modern England Project]
10.30 Dr Mark Hailwood (University of Bristol) [Women’s Work in Early Modern England Project]
12.00Prof. Doug Hurt (Purdue University), ‘The Green Revolution: Science, Politics, and Unintended Consequences’
13.00 Lunch
14.00pm Conference disperses

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The BAHS offers bursaries to postgraduates to enable them to attend this conference. Applications should reach the Prof. Henry French by email,, by 5 March 2018, attaching a letter of support from their supervisor/tutor. The closing date for applications is 10th March 2017. Depending on demand, priority for bursaries may be given to those speaking at the conference. Bursaries will not normally be awarded to the same student more than once, and will cover conference subsistence but not travel.

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