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Winter Conference – Neighbourliness in farming and rural society – Saturday 5 December 2020, 13:30 to 18:00

The conference will be delivered as a Zoom webinar for which you will have to register, but on this occasion there will be no registration fee. Speakers have been asked to hold themselves to 20-minute presentations. There will then be time for questions, followed by a short break before the next paper. There will be a break at 15.30 before the conference recommences at 15.45. There will be time for collective discussion and concluding comments after the last paper.

Please register in advance here. You will then receive an email containing the link for joining the conference. A Zoom webinar differs from a Zoom meeting in that the audience is not visible or audible during the presentations, although it is our intention to enable attendees to be visible and audible (at their discretion) when asking questions and during the general discussion at the end.

It will be possible to dip in and out of the conference but we do encourage you to remain for the whole afternoon.


13.30 We encourage you to join before we start the webinar at 13:45
13.45 Introduction
14:00 Paul Warde
(University of Cambridge)

‘“There be’s some good neighbours to morrow with, and some would want to use you”. Reflections on voluntary co-operation in Ulster farming’

14.30 Chris Dyer
(University of Leicester)
‘The breakdown in neighbourly relations in late medieval English villages’
15:00 Malcolm Thick
(Independent Scholar)
‘Neighbours as copy, William Ellis and agricultural journalism’
15:30 Break for tea
15:45 Heather Holmes
(Independent Scholar)
‘Neighbours at the steam plough: Kincardineshire farmers and agriculturists and the Kincardineshire Steam Ploughing Company Ltd, 1866-1883’
16:15 Carol Beardmore
(DeMontfort University)
‘A new dimension to understanding rural life: Memoirs, memorials of contemporary writers between the Wars, 1919-1939’
16:45 Jane Rowling
(University of Hull)
‘Reconciling community and competition in livestock farming, 1962-2020’
17.30 General discussion and concluding comments
18:00 Conference ends

For further information about the conference programme please contact the organiser, Richard Hoyle (

The conference will be delivered as a Zoom webinar, for which you need to register in advance. You will then receive an email containing the link for joining the conference.