The journey to the South Downs National Park

Dr Geoffrey Mead SpeakerNet Sponsor


Region:
South East
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Type:
Local interest/professional
Fee:
Paid: £80 + travel
Category:
History
Updated:
5th May 2023

The South Downs are one of the iconic landscapes of the UK; in 1946 they were on a list for inclusion in the new National Parks Act, but they were unsuccessful until the 21st century. This talk looks at the long journey of British landscape conservation from the early 19th century to the present, via the Open Spaces Society, National Trust CPRE and local groups.

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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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