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Land Keepers: Rural Development Group seminar 29 April

Land Keepers: Cumbria’s hill farmers in the 21st century


Millions of people visit the Lake District every year, yet few know what really goes on in the lives of the people who are most closely connected to the land.


What wisdom do they have about the land? What really matters to them? What challenges do they face in the 21st century? Rob and Harriet Fraser spent two years researching the culture of the hill farmers of Cumbria. Along the way they also talked to landowners, environmental organisations, vets and politicians.  


In a seminar at 12 noon on Wednesday 29 April in room 3.02, Agriculture Building, they will share some of their findings about this unique upland landscape and the people who inhabit it. 

published on: 13th April 2015

Storyteller blogs on Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild

Malcolm Green uses storytelling to deepen connection with nature, reveal what might not ordinarily be perceived in the land, and explore the wild inside. He uses these approaches in his work with academics. In a blog for CRE he shares his experience of the three day Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild conference organised by Newcastle University. 

published on: 9th April 2015

Artist in residence reflects on five months in Berwick

Visual artist Piotr Piasta has been working for the past five months in Berwick-upon-Tweed on a joint CRE/Berwick Visual Arts Residency, exploring ageing in a rural context.  Older residents have been sharing their stories and Piotr is using these to create short films about life in the town and how this has changed over the years.  In a blog for CRE he shares some of his own experiences of living and working in Berwick and the warm welcome he has experienced there.

published on: 3rd March 2015

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