Podcast: The power of the wild

The power of the wild is an idea that has been an important idea in western thought as a place of refuge or separation where we can feel the power of nature. It is a place where humans are not in control and their power is limited. Using nature as a category of power creates […]


Podcast: Desire for the Wild – Wild Desires? The trouble with rewilding

It is undeniable that human influence is now felt in almost every ecosystem, region and ocean of the world. As a result wilderness or wild nature is becoming less abundant. In response to this less wild world, landscape and ecosystem restorations are undertaken all over the globe. One of these places is the wetland area […]


Kielder: the story of a man-made landscape

Around the world, rural landscapes have been transformed by human activity as never before. In England, one of the most striking locations of such anthropogenic changes is Kielder Forest and Water in Northumberland. Since the 1920s, this site has seen a massive tree planting effort, creating one of the largest man-made forests in Western Europe. […]


Local Places, Global Processes: a round table at the 6th ESEH conference, 30 June 2011

This podcast is an audio registration of the roundtable discussion of a series of three workshops organised by the AHRC funded Histories of Environmental Change Network at the 6th conference of the European Society for Environmental history in Turku, Finland. The panel members of the roundtable are the thee organisers of the workshop, Peter Coates […]


Kielder 2: The local, the Global and the Future

The large dam and reservoir at Kielder and the forest surrounding it do not have the same reputation as famous dams like the Boulder Dam in the Colorado River or Yosemite National Park in the US. Kielder is of regional and at best national fame but this mega project is clearly linked to the global […]


Kielder Forest: A landscape without history?

The third and last workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change network took place in Kielder Forest in Northumberland from 25 to 27 March 2011. On this podcast the leaders of the network, David Moon, Paul Warde and Peter Coates, consider the perception that this almost un-British landscape has no history because it only came […]


The Quantock Hills workshop

The second workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change network took place in the Quantock Hills from 1 to 3 March 2011. On this podcast David Moon and Paul Warde talk about their impressions of the workshop, including what landscape beauty means and what people visiting a preserved landscape like the Quantocks are looking for. […]


Exploring Environmental History Podcast on Wicken Fen

The Exploring Environmental History podcast has published an episode on the Wicken Fen and the workshop held there in November 2010. The episode is entitled “Reframing a vision of lost fens” and contains an interview with interview Stuart Warrington, Nature Conservation Advisor for the National Trust at Wicken Fen about the history, ecology and management […]


Nature conservation is usually history

What can historians contribute to the management practice of nature reserves and why should they? These were the central questions of Professor Chris Smout’s talk on the third day of the first workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change Research Network held at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, 7 November 2010. Chris Smout is one of […]


The environment: an ‘out there’ idea?

How can historians use the term “environment” as an analytical tool? That was one of the questions of the opening paper of the first workshop of the Histories of Environmental Change research network presented by Paul Warde on 5 November 2010 at Cambridge. The paper entitle “The environment: an ‘out there’ idea?” explored the origins […]


Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change

Attempting to establish a link between environmental history and contemporary debates surrounding the environmental management is and important part of the AHRC research network Histories of Environmental Change. In this podcast the three leaders of the project, Peter Coates, David Moon and Paul Ward, explore why historians should get involved in discussions about environmental change […]


Introducing Histories of Environmental Change

Preliminary episode introducing the Histories of Environmental Change Podcast. First episode of a series that is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Histories of Environmental Change Network.