Archive for: drainage


Upcoming new book: “The lost Fens. England’s greatest ecological disaster”

By Ian Rotherham The History Press April 2013 “A remarkable story detailing the most dramatic example of ecological destruction in our history” Pre-order from Amazon.      


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 […]


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. […]