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3 August 2022

We hope you have managed to get out and about this summer. Since our last newsletter in June, some of were able to go to Sweden for the postponed Rural History 2021 conference, and it was lovely to see old friends again and make new ones.  The photo at the top of the newsletter was taken at Härkeberga village, on one of the excursions, where we learned that the red paint traditionally used in Sweden – the equivalent of our lime wash – is made out of the copper-rich sludge deposited at the mine workings. It is called Falu or Falun red.

On our web site this month you will find the latest issue of Rural History Today, as well as a call for papers for the next Spring Conference, advance notice of a workshop on Enclosure, another call for papers for a workshop on Climate, Food and Famine in History, and links to details of several new publications on rural history.

Spring Conference: Call for Papers

The Spring Conference 2023 will be held over two days, 14-15 April 2023, at the University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus. We are interested in receiving proposals for papers, panels or roundtables on any aspect of the history of agriculture and of the wider rural economy, society, landscapes and environments, particularly in relation to the history of Britain and Ireland, but including comparative European or global contexts.

Details on our web site.

The State of Enclosure Studies

Expressions of interest are sought (in advance of a formal call for papers) for a workshop on enclosure in the British Isles and northern Europe, primarily in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

If there is enough interest, it is proposed to convene a workshop in Reading in the Winter or Spring of 2023 with the possibility of offering one or more sessions at Rural History 2023 at Cluj, Romania in September 2023.

Details on our web site.

Recent Publications

For details of these new books by Christopher Dyer; Christine Fertig, Richard Paping and Henry French; Yves Segers and Leen Van Molle; and Malcolm Thick, see our web site.

LIBRAL News

What with Rural History 2021 and holidays, the scanning has not gone as fast as it might have done recently. But there will be at least one circulation in August, when we will be posting to the site, amongst other excitements, The Land of Britain for the south-western counties, Arthur Young’s Farmer’s Calendar (sixth edition, 1805), and the derivative (in name at least) New Farmer’s Calendar attributed to John Lawrence (third edition, 1801). There will be a book on Conservative policy towards agriculture of 1936 (The revival of agriculture) and, for balance (of course) Bateman’s Towards a Socialist Agriculture of 1946. As usual there will be the usual party bag of the unexpected, the unpredictable and the unknown. We might even dip into the job lot of books on farm buildings which is in the post.

BAHS Membership

Membership is very good value: you will receive two issues of Agricultural History Review per year, and two issues of Rural History Today.

You will also be supporting all our other activities: these newsletters, our web site, and LIBRAL, our online LIBrary of Rural and Agricultural Literature, which now contains nearly 1000 items.

We are entirely dependent on members’ subscriptions to continue this work. For membership details see our web site.

Best wishes
Spike Gibbs
Secretary, British Agricultural History Society
secretary@bahs.org.uk
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