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Surrey Network Study Day – Geography and Landscapes of SE England – Geoffrey Mead
17 September, 2021 @ 09:30 – 16:00
“Geography and Landscapes of South East England” by Geoffrey Mead
South-East England has, in a small area, a rich assemblage of landscapes whose origins lie in the underlying rocks and soils. The sands, clays and limestones dictated farming and settlement patterns, rural industries and landownership; these past activities have a direct link to the 21st century giving us a landscape that has a National Park, expanding urban areas and a constantly evolving social landscape. This study day looks at representative landscapes, coastal and inland, in Kent, Surrey and Sussex; farms and nature reserves, woodlands and meadows, marshes and Downland, past and present.
10.00 South-East England’s Basement: The Rocks and Soils of our Region
Downs and Weald, Heath and Marsh
11.00 Coffee / Tea 11.30 South-East England at Work: Trades and Industries that have Shaped our Region
Iron and Clay, Boats and Boulders
12.30 Lunch – Bring-Your-Own – Tea / Coffee available
1.30 South-East England’s Edge: Around the Coastline and Down the River
From Chichester Harbour to Dungeness, Cliffe Marshes to Richmond Bridge
2.30 Tea / Coffee
3.00 South-East England: Landscapes of Distinction
How We Saved the Iconic Views of the South-East across Two Centuries
Speaker: Dr Geoffrey Mead has taught adult education since 1984 at the University of Sussex, at the University of Surrey in Reigate and at the University of Greenwich in Chatham. He read for a Geography degree in 1983 as a mature student, followed by an MA in Local & Regional History with a PhD in Geography in 2012. As Convenor for Local History at Sussex from 1995 to 2010 he was part of the team presenting the Landscape Studies part-time degree. He was for many years the university link-person for the Sussex U3A Network and has lectured to U3A audiences across the South-East.
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