Archive for April, 2011

 
 

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 […]

 
Kielder Water and Forest Park: city in the country

Kielder Water and Forest Park: city in the country

By: Christine McCulloch When the  American landscape historian, Donald Worster, described the impact of the Hoover Dam as ‘domination’ he referred not only to humanity’s mastery over nature but to the domination of people. The same feelings of fearful wonder are evoked by the Kielder dam, reservoir and commercial forest :  dominance over both nature and […]

 

The Curious Case of the Missing History

By Richard Oram One thing that struck me most forcefully at Kielder was the almost total disconnection of locally-based people from the deep history of the North Tyne valley.  For some, 1982 seemed to represent a distinct break-point, with what came before holding little interest.  Indeed, there was more than one reference to how little […]

 

Kielder: A semi-militarized landscape?

By Chris Pearson Maybe it’s because I’m finishing off a project on Militarized Landscapes but I now tend to quickly spot and note the militarized features of supposedly civilian landscapes (the signs for a MoD firing range on a recent trip to the Yorkshire Dales, the TA centre up the road from where I live […]

 
The “Nature” of “Artificial” Forests

The “Nature” of “Artificial” Forests

By Chris Pearson As an historian of France, visiting Kielder forest prompted me to think about the Landes forest in south western France. If you’ve ever taken the train south from Bordeaux into Spain, as I once did, you will have undoubtedly passed through it. The Landes forest, at one million hectares, is reportedly the […]

 
Birds and Squirrels as History

Birds and Squirrels as History

By Chris Smout When we were at Kielder, we saw 29 species of birds: they are listed at the end of this piece. Birds are little feathered capsules of history. Each one tells us about our past, each one depends on our present. They underline the extent to which we live in an anthropocene. What […]

 

Birds, Beasts and Bugs at Kielder

By Chris Smout David asked me to give some account of what birds and other wildlife we might see on our final workshop at Kielder Forest. A Sitka forest and a deep artificial lake do not seem at first sight to lend themselves to much biodiversity, and this is partly correct, in the sense that […]

 
FROM THE MILD (SOUTH) WEST TO THE WILD (NORTH) EAST

FROM THE MILD (SOUTH) WEST TO THE WILD (NORTH) EAST

By Peter Coates Feeling at home in landscape Stuffed into a rented Alfa Guilietta driven by Tim, a bunch of workshop participants from Bristol and Leiden cruised north from Newcastle airport to Kielder via Hadrian’s Wall. Looking across the wall toward the northeast, we could see the outer edges of a thick carpet of forest. […]

 
Evolving Landscapes and Invasive Species: Kielder Water and Forest Park and the river bank at Durham

Evolving Landscapes and Invasive Species: Kielder Water and Forest Park and the river bank at Durham

By David Moon After leaving Kielder at the end of the workshop, Petra and I walked along the bank of the river Wear in Durham. Shaded by the broad-leaved woodland on the steep side of the river bank, we walked past the picturesque Old Fulling Mill, and stopped to look at the majestic cathedral towering […]

 
‘Artificiality’ at Kielder?

‘Artificiality’ at Kielder?

By David Moon I planned the workshop at Kielder Water and Forest Park to emphasize the ‘artificiality’ – itself a construct  – of the location. Key elements of the landscape have been constructed over less than a century. But, I was well aware that no landscapes in Britain have escaped human influence. The weekend’s programme […]