Thursday 27 October 2pm The Beacon £8
One of our 2016 festival headline events will be Nicholas Crane ‘s talk on his new book, ‘The Making of the British Landscape’, scheduled to be published by Orion this October. Crane is well known as co-presenter of the BBC TV programme Coast and as a broadcaster. He is also President of the Royal Geographical Society, an expert cartographer, international explorer and a prize-winning author. He is, therefore, the ideal person to describe the evolution of Britain’s countryside and cities.
Tracing the story of the British landscape from the melting glaciers of the Mesolithic period onwards, Crane’s narrative ends with the uncertainties and extreme changes taking place in the twenty first century. He looks at the way the geology of the land beneath our feet has shaped our cities, industry and recreation; he considers the effect of climate , of global economics and explores major landscape ‘events’ such as the Black Death, enclosures., urbanisation and recreation. He also reflects on the benefits of Britain’s 6,000 miles of coastline.
Crane’s story is part journey, part history and will raise awkward questions on the future of Britain’s landscape. At a time when Wantage is experiencing a period of rapid growth , Crane’s talk seems particularly relevant. Not to be missed!
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