Author Talk - Matthew Kelly with The Women Who Saved the English Countryside
Join author Matthew Kelly to hear about his new book The Women Who Saved the English Countryside
Venue: The Collection Auditorium
Ticket price: £7, £24 single ticket plus book, £27 couple plus book.
Date: 20th May
Time: 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
A vibrant history of English landscape preservation over the last 150 years, told through the lives of four remarkable women.
In Britain today, regulations protect the natural environment and guarantee public access to green space, but this was not always the case.
It came about, in part, due to the tireless campaigning of four remarkable women: Octavia Hill
and Beatrix Potter – both well-known – and Pauline Dower and Sylvia Sayer – whose work is under-recognised and overlooked.
Matthew Kelly traces the 150-year history of landscape preservation through these visionary activists, highlighting their forgotten contribution to the countryside we now know and love, as they faced up to powerful vested interests, often in committees filled solely with men. The result is a fascinating revisionist history, documenting four women’s guts and determination in their efforts to save the English countryside for future generations.
Matthew Kelly is professor of modern history at Northumbria University. He is the author of Finding Poland: From Tavistock to Hurzdowa and Back Again and Quartz and Feldspar: Dartmoor—A British Landscape in Modern Times.
A pre-event bar will be available.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled or postponed by Lindum Books.