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

Gale Pettifer MA

South East
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Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
History, Professional, NADFAS, WI, U3A, Probus, etc
5th January 2020
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 historian Gale Gould reveals how close the New Forest, one of Britain's most iconic landscapes, came to being lost to future generations.

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

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About Gale Pettifer MA

Gale Pettifer is a final-year Doctoral researcher 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 onto the unenclosed New Forest. Her speaking credits include the Chalke Valley History Festival, the New Forest and Hampshire County Show, the Royal Southern Yacht Club, and The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre (Havant).

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