Heart of Oak: the naval timber crisis in the reign of George III, 1760-1820.

Gale Gould

South East
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Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
History, Rotary, WI, U3A, Probus, etc
12th November 2018
History | New Forest | Eighteenth Century | Government

During the eighteenth century there was a widely held belief that Britain was suffering from ‘a great Scarcity of Timber’ and more particularly ‘that Sort of which our ships are constructed’.

The belief led to proposals for the New Forest, Hampshire, to be enclosed for timber production and the remainder to be sold by public sale. But was this modern history’s first instance of ‘fake news’?

This illustrated talk by Gale Gould from the University of Southampton reveals how close the New Forest, one of Britain's most iconic landscapes, came close to being lost to future generations.

Format: Illustrated talk with slides. Length: approximately 45 mins + Q&A

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About Gale Gould

Gale Gould is a third-year Doctoral student at the University of Southampton with an interest in political and environmental history. She is also a practicing New Forest commoner with the Right of Pasturage, meaning she can depasture cattle, ponies and donkeys on the Open Forest. Her speaking credits include the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre (Havant), and the Chalke Valley History Festival.

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