The picturesque landscapes of 'the Dukeries'

Posted by pt91 at Jun 26, 2013 04:10 PM |
This year's Hoskins Lecture at the University of Leicester on 6 July discussing 'sites of contestation' in Nottinghamshire's aristocratic estates

Ever since Horace Walpole described Nottinghamshire as ‘the Dukeries’, in the mid-eighteenth century, the county has been synonymous with the splendour of its aristocratic estates. In the face of transformative social and economic changes (industrialisation, mobilisation between town and country and political reform), these landscapes not only offered laboratories for experimentation by patricians influenced by the new fashion for the ‘picturesque’, but sites of contestation against the encroaches of modern life.

This year’s Hoskins Lecture, on ‘The Patrician Landscapes in Nottinghamshire, 1750-1850’ is delivered by Dr Richard Gaunt of the University of Nottingham, who will consider some of the major developments in the patrician landscapes of Nottinghamshire between the mid-eighteenth and mid-nineteenth century.

The lecture is organised by the Friends of the Centre for English Local History. Formed in 1989 by the late Professor Harold Fox, the ‘friends’ provide support to the Centre and students and organise a number of events running throughout the year. Each year they host a lecture to commemorate the work of W G Hoskins, regarded as the main force spurring the study of English history at the local level.

The lecture will be held on Saturday, 6 July, starting at 2.30pm in Ken Edwards Building Lecture Theatre 1 on the main university campus. Admission is free to members of the Friends of the Centre for English Local History, and £3.00 to non-members

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