Rural Settlement in England - Lecture by Professor Brian Roberts The regional contrasts in England, which are still very much part of everyday life, owe a great deal to the vast complex of changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution of recent centuries, but older regional structures, cultural in character and largely independent of physical geography, can be identified. These have roots long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They were already sufficiently well marked by AD 43 to affect the way Roman military commanders deployed their legions to take possession of Britannia. This perspective, of the seamless robe of time, creates a geographical framework that informs understanding of the past.

Professor Brian Roberts, who has worked extensively on many aspects of the historical geography of the English landscape, will be giving a lecture entitled ‘Rural Settlement in England: Seeing, Touching, teaching & Researching’ on Tuesday, 17 October at 1800hrs at the Junior Common Room, University House on campus. The excitement of using a 'broad brush' perspective will be the theme of this lecture. His emphasis has always been upon landscapes as a source of historical evidence, for landscape is much more a complex network of material activity than it is a static contemplative phenomenon. His book Landscapes of Settlement: Prehistory to the Present (Routledge 1996, reprint 2006) has explored world dimensions. In a study to be published late in 2006, Landscapes, Documents and Maps: Village Plans in Northern England and Beyond, AD 900-1250, his explorations extend beyond geography into history, archaeology, architecture and place-name studies.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. Further information can be obtained at: anna.carabott