[ELH] Landscape History module: Seminars 2002-2003




The seminars this session are on Thursdays in the First Semester. The topics emphasised in the first session (6.30-7.45pm) are listed in the left-hand column (green bullets) and those in the second (8.15-9.30pm) in the right-hand column (red bullets), though this may vary, depending on student response and requirements of practical work. Click here for details of the assessment Projects, and here for the module Reading List.


Week One (Oct. 10): Basic concepts and skills
How to 'read' the landscape: human intervention in the natural landscape; cultural regions and pays; observation and assessment Maps and how to work with them: map-reading skills and practical cartography, with a guide to Ordnance Survey editions
Practical work: Tracing Leicestershire's watersheds


Week Two (Oct. 17): Territorial marking and naming
Boundaries: patterns, formation and change; influence from, and on the landscape Place-name evidence: development, categories, pitfalls; field- and other local names
Practical work: Analysing and relating the boundaries and names of a group of neighbouring parishes


Week Three (Oct. 24): Early agrarian landscapes
Categories and organisation of land-use; soils and crops, pasture types (including transhumance), woodland, associated structures (including earthworks) Field systems, including the origins and organisation of open fields and the process of enclosure (including an introduction to tithe maps)
Practical work: Tracing possible transhumance routes in Leicestershire; Comparing the field systems of parishes in two contrasting pays


Week Four (Oct. 31): Rural settlements and Communications
Rural settlements: hierarchies, shift, morphology (plans), and typologies; nucleation and desertion Communications, long-range and local land routes; waterways and ports (coastal and inland)
Practical work: Analysing the morphology of a multi-phase village settlement


Week Five (Nov. 7): Landscapes of meaning
Sacred landscapes and the organisation of sacred space; Cultural and mental mapping I Landscapes of war; Cultural and mental mapping II
Practical work: Creating a diagrammatic representation of the devotional arrangements at a parish church


Week Six (Nov. 14): Marketing and exchange
Early urban functions and form (including medieval new towns); Towns in the later Middle Ages Market towns under the impact of the Agrarian Revolution; Urban Renaissance
Practical work: Mapping the markets of Stamford


Week Seven (Nov. 21): The impact of industry
Early extractive and manufacturing sites and associated buildings Industrial landscapes and Communications, c. 1780 - c. 1980
Practical work: Describing the growth of the Leicestershire coalfield


Week Eight (Nov. 28): Buildings in the countryside
Farmhouses and other farm buildings; and other key rural built structures (including barns, wind- and water-mills) Domestic rural architecture: cottages, manor houses, and mansions; the Great Rebuilding
Practical work: 'Concept' presentations I


Week Nine (Dec. 5): Landscapes of leisure and assembly
Landscapes of leisure: hunting (ancient and modern), ornamental parks and gardens (including large-scale landscape architecture), and relaxation (spas, seaside towns, excursions, 'heritage') Public space and public places from c. 1880 (shops, sports, the arts, open-space, health and education)

Practical work: 'Concept' presentations II


Week Ten (Dec. 12): Cities and suburbs
The Victorian city: housing, shops, public buildings, services, monuments Town and country from c. 1930: Suburbs, Green Belt, conurbations, New Towns, and the 'Post-Modern' landscape, urban and rural
Practical work: Charting change in a dormitory village near Leicester, Wigston Magna


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