News and Events

 

  • SUSTAINING THE COMMONS – 5 JULY 2013, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY – A one day conference Sustaining the Commons, organised by Newcastle Law School and supported by our Research Project Partners: the National Trust, Lancaster University and the Foundation for Common Land and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council was held on 5th July 2013 at the Devonshire Building Newcastle University.   Guest speakers were Julia Aglionby (Director of the National Centre for Uplands); Kate Ashbrook (Open Spaces Society); Graham Bathe )Foundation for Common Land and Open Spaces Society); Duncan MacKay (Natural Engand’s Principal Adviser in Reconnectioning People and Nature Team);  Christopher Rodgers (Professor of Law and Head of School Newcastle Law School Newcastle upon Tyne University); Chris Short (Community and Countryside Research Insitiution, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham);   Eleanor Straughton (Research Associate History Department Lancaster University);  Angus Winchester (Professor of Local and Landscape History Lancaster University). 
  • Sustainability Workshop 2-Commons, Community & Biodiversity, Haslemere Educational Museum, Haslemere, Surrey 11th April 2013: The second of the project’s two commons sustainabily workshops was held at the Haslemere Educational Museum, Surrey on 11th April 2013.  Guest speakers were Graham Bathe (Foundation for Common Land and Open Spaces Society) and Duncan Mackay (Principal Specialist, People and Access, Natural England).   Link Workshop 2 Programme
  • Sustainability Workshop 1 – New Models for Commons Governance, The National Trust Grosvenor Gardens London 18 January 2013: The first of the project’s two commons sustainability workshops was held at the London headquarters of the National Trust on 18 January2013. Guest speakers were Julia Aglionby (Chair Foundation for Common Land) and Chris Short (Community and Countryside Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham). The programme for the day is to be found at this link
  • Common Land History ‘Toolkit’ Online – November 2012: Although our series of four history workshops has drawn to a close, we will be continuing to provide free common land history resources and research advice via the internet throughout the duration of the project.  You can view or download our history ‘Toolkit‘ for free.  If you can, please do send us a ‘Commons Story’ – a short history of your common – which we can make available online alongside others from around England and Wales.  Details of how to submit a ‘Commons Story’ are included in the Toolkit.  Please also let us know of new or existing common land history projects or research.  For more information, please get in touch with Eleanor: e.straughton@lancaster.ac.uk.
  • Yorkshire ‘Commons Stories’ History Workshop, 13 November 2012: This free research workshop is for commoners and local historians in the North of England, particularly those based in Yorkshire and Durham, who may be interested in recording the history of their local commons. The workshop will be held on the evening of Tuesday 13 November 2012, 7-9pm, in the Swale Room, The Station, Richmond, N. Yorks. If you are interested in attending, please contact us: e.straughton@lancaster.ac.uk.
  • South West ‘Common Stories’ History Workshop, 29 October 2012:This free research workshop is for commoners and local historians in the South West of England, particularly those based around Dartmoor and Bodmin, who may be interested in recording the history of their local commons. The workshop will be held on the evening of Monday 29 October 2012, 7-9pm, in the Tavistock Parish Church Centre, Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon. If you are interested in attending, please contact us: e.straughton@lancaster.ac.uk.
  • Wales and Borders ‘Commons Stories’ History Workshop, 15 October 2012: This free research workshop is for commoners and local historians in Wales and the Border region, who may be interested in recording the history of their local commons. The workshop will be held on the evening of Monday 15 October 2012, 7-9pm, in the Brecon Castle Hotel, Brecon, Powys. If you are interested in attending, please contact us: e.straughton@lancaster.ac.uk
  • Cumbria ‘Common Stories’ History Workshop, 10 September 2012:This is the first of our free research workshops for commoners and local historians interested in recording the history of their local common. The workshop will be held on the evening of Monday 10 September 2012, 7-9pm, in the Conference Centre (Eamont Room) at Newton Rigg, Penrith. If you are interested in attending, please contact us: e.straughton@lancaster.ac.uk.
  • NEW COMMON LAND PROJECT LAUNCHED, JULY 2012: A new 1-year project has been launched which continues the work of the Contested Common Land Project. The ‘Building Commons Knowledge Project’, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, sees a new collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Newcastle and Lancaster, Foundation for Common Land, and The National Trust. We will be delivering sustainability and history workshops to communities, stakeholders and policy-makers, hosting a major common land conference, and developing an online ‘Common Resource Bank’ on this website. Please get in touch via the Contacts Page if you would like to know more about the project.