Sussex landscapes

Dr Geoffrey Mead SpeakerNet Sponsor

South East
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Local interest/professional
Paid: £80 plus travel if needed
12th October 2020

Sussex is a human landscape overlaying a varied physical one of rocks and soils, rivers and coastlines. This talk works its way across the landscape of the county from the AONB of Ashdown Forest to the National Park of the South Downs, but not missing the very different human landscapes of the urban Brighton Lanes or the rural aspect of Firle Park. The effects of farming in a Wealden landscape of heavy clays will be set aginst that of working the rich brickearths of the Selsey peninsular. The urban landscape and settlements of resort and suburb will be considered, alongside that of market towns and new housing estates.

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About Dr Geoffrey Mead

I am an Associate Tutor with the Geography team at the University of Sussex where I thought I had retired...10 years ago! I specialise in the landscapes of SE England, in both urban and rural areas and I did my doctorate in the suburban growth of the interwar period. I taught adult education for nearly 30 years at Sussex where I worked in the Landscape Studies degree team and was Convenor for Local History. I give talks across SE England to a wide range of groups, from universities to local history societies, WI groups , U3A, Probus and Round Tables. I run weekly classes at local community centres. The most requested from my range of talks are those that combine social history, geography, geology and a 'sense of place'. I can adapt my talks to particular areas or interests.

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