Archaeologist to explore local history in the field

Posted by pt91 at May 25, 2012 02:10 PM |
English Local History event on 26 May questions the origins of strip-farming


Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 May 2012

Medieval open fields are the topic of this year’s Annual Hoskins Lecture, organised by the Friends of the Centre for English Local History.

The Centre was built on the work of historian WG Hoskins, author of the seminal The Making of the English Landscape in which the development of ‘typical countryside’ was traced from prehistoric forest to the Medieval three-field, strip-farming system and then to the patchwork of enclosed fields we know today.

Dr Susan Oosthuizen FSA is Academic Director for Historic Environment (landscapes and gardens) in the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. In her lecture on ‘Medieval Open Fields and Their Origins’ she will challenge the conventional idea that this method of farming originated with the Anglo-Saxons and look instead at how it might have developed from Romano-British agriculture.

The lecture takes place in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1, at 2.30pm this Saturday, 26 May 2012. There is a charge of £3.00 for non-members of the Friends of the CELH but it is free to members and current students. Advance booking is not essential (and a bit late now anyway) but it helps the organisers to know numbers so please contact Andrew Wager,, if you are interested in attending.

After the lecture, everyone is invited back to the Marc Fitch Institute at 1 Salisbury Road for tea, cake, a chat and a browse of the Friends bookstall.

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