Experts to discuss role of land agents through history at conference

Posted by pt91 at Jun 28, 2013 11:51 AM |
University of Leicester to hold conference on “The Land-Agent: Past, Present and Future” on July 1 and 2

Experts from around the UK and Ireland will explore the role of the land agent in British society through recent centuries at a University of Leicester conference.

Academics and researchers from the University’s School of Historical Studies will hold a conference on “The Land-Agent: Past, Present and Future” on July 1 and 2.

The event will explore the role of land agents – who have traditionally been responsible for managing large land estates for the landed gentry.

Held 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.

Papers due to be presented at the conference will throw light on how land agents were an integral part of rural communities – and the records they kept have provided invaluable insights into local history.

The event has been organised by Professor Steven King, Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law, with assistance from post-graduate researchers Carol Beardmore and Geoff Monks.

The first day will focus on the historical dimensions of the role - and Carol Beardmore will present her paper on “The rural community through the eyes of the land agent on the Marquis of Anglesey’s Dorset and Somerset estate”.

Papers will also be presented by academics from the University of the Arts London, the University of Nottingham, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Day two of the conference 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.

Papers will be presented by several modern land agents including Davina Fillingham, of Stephenson & Son, York, Helen Small, of the Hartwell Estate, Nick Morris, Chief Executive, Stowe House Preservation Trust, Stephen Warton of the Elton Estate.

Carol Beardmore, conference co-organiser and PhD student at the University’s School of Historical Studies, said: “Most historians talk about land agents in a purely economical role – but there was much more to them than that. As well as managing and maintaining estates for the landowners, they had a great knowledge of the local community. They played an important part in rural society.

“The records and correspondence they kept can tell historians a lot about how political, economical and social issues affected local communities.”

The conference will be held at Lamport Hall, Lamport, Northamptonshire, NN6 9HD, from Monday, July 1, to Tuesday, July 2.

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For more information, please contact Carol Beardmore at: cb309@leicester.ac.uk

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