Role played by land agents in English history discussed at University of Leicester

Posted by uatemp13 at Jun 29, 2013 07:37 PM |
The impact of those who managed gentry’s massive estates analysed at conference on 1-2 July
Role played by land agents in English history discussed at University of Leicester

Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire hosts the conference

The role of those who once managed the huge land holdings of the English gentry—and in some cases, still do—in shaping English history is to be examined in a conference held by the University of Leicester's School of Historical Studies.

The conference, on “The Land-Agent: Past, Present and Future”, takes place on Monday 1 July and Tuesday 2 July at the grade I-listed Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire.  The event will bring together historians, geographers and modern day land agents – who will discuss the economic, social, political and cultural role of the land agent through the centuries.

The traditional land agent occupied something of a privileged position on Britain’s large estates: as well as managing and maintaining estates for the landowners, they had a great knowledge of the local community. The conference aims to look beyond the more obvious roles played by such figures, such as economic: what role did the agents really play in the local community? How did they shape the lives of people on these estates?

The first day will focus on the historical dimensions of the role, while day two will focus on the current and future role of the land agent, exploring the economic, technological, environmental, organisation and jurisdictional challenges of estate management in the modern era.

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