Landscape and Social History Research

 

Group Leader: Vernon Davis
Telephone: 01777 711345
Email: landscape@retford-u3a.org.uk
Meetings: Various as needed at different locations
Venue: To be notified by email.

Turn yourself into a successful and knowledgeable landscape and social history detective! Following a year of lecture sessions, the group is now conducting its own research project. The slides from the original lectures are all still available on our own Group website, so that new members can familiarise themselves with the subjects we have discussed to date. 

Taking as the starting point two very different villages in N. Notts - Gringley on the Hill and Harworth - we are investigating the reciprocal relationship between the geology, the landscape and the social structure of these disparate settlements from the 18th to the 20th century The research involves persuing original census documents, visits to the archives in Nottingham to look at their holding of maps, surveys and Land Tax returns - to name but a few - as well as studying the solid geology of the two locations.

NEW MEMBERS ARE VERY WELCOME.  You do NOT need any experience in historical research to enjoy the activities of the group. What you do need is an active interest in gthe landscape around you and a desire to discover how it came to be the way it is.

For further information, or to join the group, please email or phone me.

Vernon Davis