Big Questions About Small Places: Uncovering What is Hidden from History
head of a world-renowned centre for the study of English local history explored the secret lives of our ancestors in a free public lecture at the
University of Leicester.
Christopher Dyer, Professor of Regional and Local History at the University,
gave his inaugural lecture - Hidden from History: Enquiries into Past
Localities - at 5.30pm on Tuesday, May 13 in the Ken Edwards Building.
lecture brought together themes in local history for which this University is
famous throughout the world.
Dyer commented: "Local history is not parochial - local historians of the
Leicester School ask big questions about small places. The advantage of studying
a village, town or region is that we can see the interaction between economic,
social, political and cultural history, and understand change more completely.
for example the origins of modern society in 1200-1600. The momentous changes
are hidden from view. The medieval lords seem all powerful, but really the
people over whom they ruled- serfs, peasants etc, were quietly taking
initiatives and pursuing their own interests. We find that village communities
were governing themselves, devising their own ways of making decisions, raising
funds, and changing their lives. A particularly significant group were the
farmers, who took over the management of large areas of land, but have left
little evidence, but we can find out about their secret lives."
Dyer is acclaimed for his research into many aspects of medieval England,
including agriculture, rural settlements, towns, commerce, money, material
culture and mentality, he has published numerous articles, papers in journals,
essays and books.
Centre for English Local History, part of the Department of Economic and Social
History, is famed throughout the historical world. Its first director was the
well-known English historian, W G Hoskins.
For more information,
contact Professor Dyer on 0116 252 2762.
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