Workshop on Environmental Change at Kielder Water and Forest Park, 25-7 March 2011.

 

A cross-disciplinary workshop, involving environmental historians from a number of universities and project partners from the non-academic world, has been organised by Durham University history professor David Moon.

It is part of a network of workshops under the heading ‘Local Places, Global Processes: Histories of Environmental Change’. Managed jointly with colleagues from Bristol University and the University of East Anglia, the network has been funded by the UK government Arts and Humanities Research Council. The workshop at Kielder has been organised in conjunction with Northumbrian Water and will also involve representatives of the Forestry Commission, the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, and the Kielder Partnership.

Kielder was chosen for a workshop on environmental change as it is the location of the largest artificial lake in the UK and northern Europe, with a capacity of 200 billion litres, the largest hydroelectric plant in England, and is next to Europe’s largest artificially planted forest, which covers an area of nearly 650 square kilometres.  And yet, it is also a habitat for endanged species, in particular the red squirrel, and has become a major venue for leisure and recreation. A recent addition to the site are a series of art works.

Follow the workshop on  www.environmentalhistories.net and Twitter @envirohistories

For more on the location, see – http://www.visitkielder.com.

David Moon, Dept of History, Durham University. http://www.dur.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/?id=2881

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