May meeting – Professor Tom Williamson – ‘The Archaeology and History of East Anglia’s Trees and Woodlands’.

Our speaker for May is Professor Tom Williamson. Tom is a leading landscape historian and heads up the Landscape Group within the School of History at UEA – a collection of academics, researchers and research students studying all aspects of the English landscape from later prehistory to the present. He is currently involved in a number of projects, including the GIS-aided study of Agriculture and the Landscape in Midland England, Agriculture and the Landscape in East Anglia, 1870-1950, funded by the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust.

His key research interests include post-medieval archaeology, landscape archaeology, the history of garden design, environmental history and agricultural history ranging from the Iron Age to the nineteenth century principally in rural England; special interests include the survival of prehistoric/Romano-British field systems within the modern landscape, the archaeology of hunting and trapping and the origins of medieval systems of land division and territorial organisation.

This will be a fascinating afternoon, particularly for those who have joined Tim Holt-Wilson on his various walks and also those who have spent hours tramping through the woods and fields of various deserted airfields and bomb dumps.

We’re meeting on May 20th at 2.00pm in Broome Village Hall, Sun Road, Broome, NR35 2RW. All welcome, members £2.00, non-members £3.00. The usual refreshments will be available. This month’s biscuit selection might be a surprise.

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