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British Agricultural History Society Spring Conference

Plumpton College, near Lewes, 3 to 5 April 2017



1pmMeeting of the Executive Committee (with buffet lunch)
3.30pm Coffee and registration
4.00pm AGM [Agenda and proposal form]
5.15pm Professor Clare Griffiths (Cardiff University), ‘Clare Leighton’s depictions of rural England in the 1930s’
6.45pm Dinner
7.30pm Dr Harvey Osborne (University of Suffolk), ‘John Bright’s Poacher, 1804-1891’


7.45am Breakfast
9am Dr Mark Gardiner (Queen’s University Belfast) ‘The changing character of transhumance in early and later medieval England’
10am Professor Louise Curth (University of Winchester), ‘Brute beasts, health and illness in early modern England'
11am Coffee
11.30am Professor Cherisse Jones-Branch (Arkansas State University), “‘Training as Will Fit Them for Their Work”: Jeanes Supervising Industrial Teachers in Rural Jim Crow Arkansas, 1909-1950’
1pm Lunch
2.15pm Fieldtrip to Weald and Downland Museum
7.30pm BAHS Reception and Annual Dinner


8.00am Breakfast
9am Professor Maggie Andrews (University of Worcester)
‘Plums, Potatoes and POWs: working with communities to explore the WWI rural home front in the West Midlands
10am Dr Annie Tindley (Newcastle), ‘The land agent in transnational context – new perspectives, new directions’
11am Coffee
11.30am New Researchers session:
Hywel Lewis (Bradford): ‘Charcoal and wool: the role of woodland in the worsted revolution of West Yorkshire’
Felicity McWilliams (Kings College London): ‘“They are slow, but they are very sure”: the value of draught horses to British inter-war farming’
Thomas Webb (Liverpool): ‘Revisiting the Women’s Land Army with the animal in mind: Land Girls, cattle, and their tactile encounters, 1939-1945’

1pm Lunch
2.30pm Conference disperses

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Plumpton College, the conference venue


The BAHS offers bursaries to postgraduates to enable them to attend this conference. Applications should reach the Secretary, Dr Nicola Verdon by email, 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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Plumpton College, the conference venue