Archive for November, 2010

Some reflections on the Wicken Fen workshop

Some reflections on the Wicken Fen workshop

By Jan Oosthoek One of the main aims of the Wicken Fen workshop, and the two that will follow, is to facilitate interactions and exchange of knowledge between environmental historians and those who manage landscapes and nature reserves. With the challenges of environmental change, continuing urbanisation of the landscape, increasing demand for outdoor recreation and […]

Art of the Fen landscape

Art of the Fen landscape

To explore the different meanings of environmental change and landscape transformation the participants of the Wicken Fen workshop included a local artist: Carry Akroyd. She specializes in landscape painting examining the relationship between humans, wildlife and nature. Akroyd’s paintings often provides birds-eye views of the landscape showing transformations of that landscape, and drawing attention to […]


Reframing a vision of lost fens

Wetlands were once common over a large part of eastern England, including Cambridgeshire, East Anglia and Lincolnshire. Of these so-called fens only two percent remains today and most of it is now situated in nature reserves. Ian Rotherham analyses in this talk the attitudes towards the fens over the centuries and the related attitudes that […]


The Amphibious Culture: A case study about wetlands from the Netherlands, with global aspirations

Floods are world wide increasing while adaptation to floods is decreasing. In this video Petra van Dam uses the Netherlands as a case study to show how that culture was until quite recently “amphibious” and adapted to flooding. She will also highlight the fact that a present modern society is not so well adapted to […]


Environmental Stories: A roundtable and discussion

By: Jan Oosthoek Some notes and impressions of the roundtable discussion held at the first workshop of the Histories of Environmental change Research Network, Wicken Fen, Saturday 6 November 2010. Panel: Erin Gill, Ben Cowell, and Bill Adams 1. We are often told that we are living in a time of unprecedented environmental change. If […]


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 […]


Histories of Environmental Change first workshop starts 5 November

The first workshop of the AHRC funded research network Histories of Environmental Change starts on Friday 2 November. The workshop will be held in Cambridge and at Wicken Fen, just outside of Ely. Wicken fen is a remnant of the once extensive wetlands of Eastern England and that have been drained since the Middle Ages. […]