Conference programme announced

Women, Land and the Making of the British Landscape, 1300-1900

 A two-day interdisciplinary conference

29th-30th June 2015, University of Hull

Sponsored by the University of Hull and the Arts & Humanities Research Council

Provisional programme

Monday 29th June 2015

9:00        Registration, coffee & welcome

9:15        Session 1: The medieval landscape

Sheila Sweetinburgh (University of Kent) Religious women in the landscape: their roles in medieval Canterbury and its hinterland

Miriam Muller (University of Birmingham) Women in the medieval landscape: space, work and gender

Elizabeth Salter (University of Hull) Hull’s Medieval Lives c1400-1550

10:45     Coffee

11:00     Session 2: Early modern women

Jessica Malay (University of Huddersfield) Becoming Anne Clifford: encounters in text and place

Amanda Capern (University of Hull) Landscape and female sensibility in early modern England

Jane Whittle (University of Exeter) Women and farming in early modern England, c. 1550-1700

Amanda Flather (University of Essex) Women, work and land: the spatial dynamics of gender relations in early modern England 1550-1750

12:45     Lunch

13:45     Session 3: Women & landholding

Judith Spicksley (University of York) Spinsters with land in seventeenth-century England

Jennifer Holt (independent scholar) Tenantright, and the possession of land by women in northern England

Joan Heggie (Teesside University) Exploring women’s involvement with property in the North Riding of Yorkshire in the 18th and 19th centuries: a pilot study using the Register of Deeds

Janet Casson (independent scholar) Women and property reconsidered: new evidence on the ownership of land by women during the nineteenth century

15:45     Sophie Gerrard, Drawn to the Land: Women Working the Scottish Landscape (an exhibition).

16:15     Afternoon tea

17:15     Session 4: Keynote. Anne Laurence (Open University) Women, land and these islands 1550-1750

18:15     Drinks reception, followed by conference dinner

Tuesday 30th June 2015

9:00        Session 5: Property, landscape, gender

Elizabeth Griffiths (University of Exeter) The life and legacy of Alice le Strange

Jon Stobart (Manchester Metropolitan University) From magnificent houses to disagreeable country: Lady Sophia Newdigate’s tour of Southern England, 1748

Briony McDonagh (University of Hull) Beyond the (park) pale: gender and landscape in Georgian England

Stephen Bending (University of Southampton) Negotiating men: Elizabeth Montagu and the construction of pastoral

10:45     Coffee

11:15     Session 6: PhD round-table

Izzy Armstrong-Frost (University of York) Finding the women of the North: male status and female connections at Raby Castle

Ann-Maria Walsh (University College Dublin) The Boyle women and their relationship with ‘this bleeding and well neere ruined Commonwealth’

Helena Kaznowska (University of Oxford) ‘She builds it with her hands, and beares it up by her shoulders’: metaphor and the making of the early modern home

Charlotte Garside (University of Hull) Property Rights of Yorkshire Women in the Court of Chancery, 1680-1700

Fern Pullan (Leeds Beckett University) ‘Marriage had bastilled me for life’: the propertied woman as property in the novels of Richardson, Wollstonecraft and Collins

Erin Trahey (University of Cambridge) Elizabeth Virgo Scarlett: a Jamaican female absentee proprietor, plantation management and the British Atlantic economy

13:15     Lunch

14:15     Session 7: Modern perspectives

Sarah Carter (University of Alberta) Imperial plots: British women, land and agriculture in Prairie Canada 1870s-1914

Janet Smith (independent historian) Reshaping the landscape: Helen Taylor’s campaign for land nationalisation in Great Britain and Ireland 1880-1907

Nicola Verdon (Sheffield Hallam University) ‘The work is grand and the life is just what I have always longed for’: British women’s experiences of working on the land in the Great War

Catherine Flinn Goldie (Bodleian Library) British planning: the significance of Evelyn Sharp

16:00     Coffee & cake

16:30     Session 8: Keynote. Amy Erickson (University of Cambridge) Rethinking the significance of inheritance and marriage in landholding

17:30     Concluding comments and end of conference


Registration for the conference will open in mid-April on the University of Hull website. Costs are likely to be £55 per delegate including lunch, refreshments and the conference dinner. If you’d like to be notified when registration opens, please email and ask to join the mailing list.

Accommodation details will be available shortly via the blog and the University of Hull website.


Thanks to sponsorship from the University of Hull and the Arts & Humanities Research Council, a limited number of bursaries (fee waivers plus a contribution towards travel/accommodation) are available to postgraduate and early career researchers. To apply, please email with your name, university affiliation, details of your PhD or post-doctoral research, and a short statement (of no more than 150 words) outlining how you’d benefit from attending the conference. This should reach the conference organisers no later than Friday 8th May 2015.

Please note, bursary applicants are asked not to register with the online system until after the outcome of the bursary competition is announced. Successful applicants will then be supplied with a code for fee-free registration.


About Women and Land

Women and Land is a blog set up by Dr. Briony McDonagh (Geography, University of Hull), Dr Amanda Capern and Charlotte Garside (both History, University of Hull). It offers info and updates about the forthcoming 'Women, land and the making of the British landscape, 1300-1900' conference (29th-30th June 2015), as well as news on their various research projects and activities. You can also follow the team on Twitter @Women_and_Land
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