Dr Jeremy Burchardt (PI)

For several years I have been working on a monograph on popular experience of landscape in England, c.1870-1960 (Lifescapes: Towards a deep history of landscape).  This is now being revised following readers’ reports from Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2021.

2021      Burchardt, J. (2021) Far away and close to home: Children’s toponyms and imagined geographies, c. 1870 – c. 1950 Journal of Historical Geography, 69. pp. 68-79.

2020      Burchardt, J. (2020) Ladybird landscape; or, what to look for in the ‘What to Look For’ books. Rural History, 31 (1). pp. 79-95. 

2017      Burchardt, J. (2017) The rural idyll: a critique. In: Elson, V. and Shirley, R. (eds.) Creating the Countryside: The Rural Idyll Past and Present. Paul Holberton Publishing, London, pp. 64-73. 

2016      Brassley, P., Burchardt, J. and Sayer, K., eds. (2016) Transforming the countryside: the electrification of rural Britain. Rural Worlds: Economic, Social and Cultural Histories of Agricultures and Rural Societies. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 252. 

2012      Burchardt, J. (2012) Historicizing counterurbanization: in-migration and the reconstruction of rural space in Berkshire (UK), 1901-51. Journal of Historical Geography, 38 (2). pp. 155-166. 

Burchardt, J. (2012) State and society in the English countryside: the rural community movement 1918-1939. Rural History, 23 (1). pp. 81-106. 

2011      Burchardt, J. (2011) Rethinking the rural idyll: the English rural community movement 1913-26. Cultural and Social History, 8 (1). pp. 73-94. 

2008      Burchardt, J. and Conford, P. (2008) The contested countryside: rural politics and land controversy in Modern Britain. International Library of Political Studies. I B Tauris, pp. 288. 

2007      Burchardt, J. (2007) Agricultural history, rural history or countryside history? Historical Journal, 50 (2). pp. 465-481. 

2006      Brassley, P., Burchardt, J. F. S. and Thompson, L., eds. (2006) The English countryside between the wars: regeneration or decline? Boydell and Brewer, Woodbridge, UK. 

Professor Paul Readman

I am currently working on a project exploring the relationship between history-writing and the embodied experience of landscape. I am also PI on the Redress of the Past, an AHRC project on historical pageants in twentieth-century Britain, one of the concerns of which is the connections between landscape, place and the understanding of history.

2021      Walking, and Knowing the Past: Antiquaries, Pedestrianism and Historical Practice in Modern Britain History

2020      (ed.) with A. Bartie, L. Fleming, M. Freeman & A. Hutton, Restaging the past: Historical pageants, culture and society in modern Britain (London: UCL Press)

2018      Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of National Identity in England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

2017      with Angela Bartie, Paul N. Caton, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, and Alex Hutton, The Redress of the Past: (King’s College London)

2016      (ed.) with Chad Bryant & Arthur Burns, Walking Histories 1800–1914 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

‘Octavia Hill and the English Landscape’, in Elizabeth Baigent and Ben Cowell, eds., Nobler Imaginings and Mightier Struggles: Octavia Hill, Social Activism and the Remaking of British Society (London: Institute of Historical Research), pp. 163–84

2014      ‘“The Cliffs are not Cliffs”: The Cliffs of Dover and National Identities in Britain 1750 -1950’   History, 99, pp. 241-69

‘William Cecil Slingsby, Norway, and British Mountaineering, 1872–1914’, English Historical Review, 129, pp. 1098–1128

(ed.) with Cynthia Radding & Chad Bryant, Borderlands in World History, 1700–1914 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

2010      (ed.) with Matthew Cragoe, The Land Question in Britain, 1750–1950 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)

2008      Land and Nation in England: Patriotism, National Identity and the Politics of Land, c.1880–1914 (Royal Historical Society/Boydell & Brewer)          

‘Preserving the English Landscape, c.1870–1914’, Cultural and Social History, 5, pp. 197–218      

‘Jesse Collings and Land Reform, 1886–1914’ Historical Research, 81, pp. 292–314

2006     ‘Conservatives and the Politics of Land: Lord Winchilsea’s National Agricultural Union, 1893- 1900’, English Historical Review, 121, pp. 25–69.

2005      ‘The Place of the Past in English Culture, c.1890–1914’, Past & Present, 186, pp. 147–99

2001      ‘Landscape Preservation, “Advertising Disfigurement” and English National Identity, c. 1890–1914’, Rural History: Economy, Society, Culture, 12, pp. 61–83

Dr Paul Brassley (University of Exeter)

2017      P.Brassley (2017) Devon Farming in the 19th century, article for the Moor Than Meets the Eye project, at

2016      P. Brassley (2016) ‘Electrifying farms in England’, in P. Brassley, J. Burchardt and K. Sayer (eds), Transforming the Countryside: the electrification of rural Britain, London: Routledge, ISBN 978-1-4724-4127-0 (hbk), pp. 83-114

2015      P. Brassley (2015) ‘Britain 1750-2000’, in E. Thoen and T. Soens (eds), Struggling With the Environment: Land Use and Productivity, Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, pp. 109-146

2010      P. Brassley, (2010) ‘Land reform and reallocation in interwar Europe’, in Rosa Congost and Rui Santos (eds), Contexts of property in Europe: the social embeddedness of property rights in land in historical perspective, Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 145-164

2005      P. Brassley and S. P. Blackburn (2005), ‘Landscape’, in R. Soffe (ed.) The Countryside Notebook, Oxford: Blackwell, pp.80-94.

1999      P. Brassley (1999) ‘Agricultural Technology and the Ephemeral Landscape’, in D. Nye (ed.) Technologies of Landscape: from reaping to recycling, Amherst: University of Massachussets Press, pp. 21-32

1998      P. Brassley, (1998) ‘On the Unrecognized Significance of the Ephemeral Landscape’, Landscape Research, 23 (2), 119-132

Dr Andrew Butler

2021      Butler, A., E. Ångman, Å. Ode Sang, I. Sarlöv-Herlin, A. Åkerskog and I. Knez (2021). “There will be mushrooms again” – Foraging, landscape and forest fire.” Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 33: 100358.

Knez, I., J. Willander, A. Butler, Å. O. Sang, I. Sarlöv-Herlin and A. Åkerskog (2021). “I can still see, hear and smell the fire: Cognitive, emotional and personal consequences of a natural disaster, and the impact of evacuation.” Journal of Environmental Psychology: 74, 101554.

2019      Calderon, C. & Butler, A. (2019) Politicising the landscape: A theoretical contribution towards the development of participation in landscape planning. Landscape Research. 45 (02).

Butler, A. & Sarlöv-Herlin, I. (2019). Changing Landscape Identity – Practice, Plurality & Power. Editorial special issue: Landscape identity and landscape change, Landscape Research44 (03).

Butler, A., Knez, I., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Åkerskog, A., Sang, Å. & Ångman, E., (2019) Foraging for identity: relationships between landscape activities and landscape identity, in the case of catastrophic landscape change. Landscape Research. 44 (03).

2018      Butler, A. (2018) Landscape assessment as conflict or consensus. In eds. Egoz, S., Ruggeri, D. & Jørgensen, K.  Defining Landscape Democracy. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Butler, A. Eriksson, M. & Berglund. U. (2018). Can simple tools for mapping landscape values convey insider perspectives? Nordic Journal of Architectural Research. 3 (2018), 57-80.

Knez, I., Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Sang, Å. Ångman, E., & Åkerskog, A. (2018). Before and After a Natural Disaster: Disruptions in Place-identity and Wellbeing. Journal of Environmental Psychology 55, 11-17.

Butler, A., Sarlöv-Herlin, I., Knez, I., Ångman, E., Sang, Å. & Åkerskog, A. (2018) Landscape identity, before and after a forest fire. Landscape Research. 43 (6), 878-889.

2016      Butler, A. (2016). Dynamics of integrating landscape values in landscape character assessment: the hidden dominance of the objective outsider. Landscape Research 41(2), 219-263.

2014      Butler, A. & Åkerskog, A. (2014). Awareness-raising of landscape in practice. An analysis of Landscape Character Assessments in England. Land Use Policy, 36. 441-449.

Butler, A. & Berglund, U. (2014). Landscape Character Assessment as an Approach to Understanding Public Interests within the European Landscape Convention. Landscape Research 39(3), 219-236.

Dr Ollie Douglas

Related Projects / Outputs

Land and Folk, The MERL Seminars (2018)

Museum of the Intangible, Designation Development Fund (2017-2018)

Sense of Place ProjectEsmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (2011-2013)

What to Look For, Exhibition and Seminar Series (2012-2013)

Looking at Landscape, Exhibition, Symposium, and Public Event (2010)

Dr Keith Grieves

2018      ‘A perfectly unspoiled site of priceless beauty’: Lord Francis Hope, Leopold Salomons and Box Hill, 1894-1914’ Surrey Archaeological Collections 101 (2018) pp. 1-29, ISSN 0309-7803

2017      ‘Patriotism in things of beauty’: Thomas Cecil Farrer, historical continuity and liberty in the Surrey countryside’ Surrey Archaeological Collections 100 (2017) pp. 163-185, ISSN 0309-7803

2014      ‘Useful war memorials, landscape preservation and public access to the English countryside: fitting tributes to the fallen of the Great War’ (co-authored with Jenifer White) Garden History. Journal of the Garden History Society 42: Suppl. 1 (autumn 2014) pp. 18-33, ISSN 0307-1243

‘Commemorating the fallen in Surrey’s Open Spaces after the Great War’ in C. Horner and N. Mansfield (eds.) The Great War: Localities and Regional Localities (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, 2014) pp. 77-95, ISBN 978-1-4438-5652-2

2008      Leith Hill, Surrey: Landscape, Locality and Nation in the era of the Great War’ Landscapes Vol. 9 (2), (autumn 2008) pp. 45-69, ISSN 1466 2035

Professor Ysanne Holt

2020      ‘Rethinking Place at the border through the LYC Museum and Art Gallery’ in Tim Edensor, Ares Kalandides and Uma Kothari, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Place, (Routledge, 2020).

2019      ‘On Watery Borders, Borderlands and Tania Kovats’ ‘Head to Mouth’’, Arts, 2019, 8, 3, 104

2018      ‘Borderlands: Visual and Material Culture in the Interwar Anglo-Scottish Borders’ in Kirsten Bluemel and Michael McClusky, eds., Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention, (Edinburgh University Press, 2018)

‘Performing the Anglo-Scottish Border: Cultural Landscapes, Heritage and Borderland Identities’, Journal of Borderland Studies, 2018, Vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 53-69

Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands, co-edited with David Martin Jones and Owain Jones (Routledge, 2018)

2013      ‘A Hut on Holy Island: reframing northern landscape’, in Visual Studies, vol.28, no. 3, 2013, pp. 218-227 (themed issue, ‘Northern Peripheries’, co-edited with Angela McClanahan)

2008      ‘Landscapes of the 1920s’, in A Continuous Line: Ben Nicholson in England, Chris Stephens, ed., (Tate Publishing, 2008)

2003      British Artists and the Modernist Landscape, (Routledge, 2003)

2002      The Geographies of Englishness, Landscape and the National Past, co-edited with David Peters Corbett and Fiona Russell (Yale, 2002)

Professor Matthew Kelly

‘Habitat Protection, Ideology and the British Nature State: The Politics of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981’ (forthcoming, English Historical Review)

2019      ‘Introduction’ and ‘On why the UK’s first National Park might have been in Ireland’ in Matthew Kelly (ed.), Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Liverpool University Press, 2019)

2018      ‘Building the Thames Barrier: Climate Change, Shipping and the Transition to a New Envirotechnical Regime’ in Jon Agar & Jacob Ward (eds), Technology, Environment and Modern Britain (UCL Press: London, 2018).

2017      with Claudia Leal, Emily Wakild, & Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, ‘The Nature State’ in Graf von Hardenberg, Kelly, Leal & Wakild (eds), The Nature State: New Approaches to the History of Conservation (Routledge, 2017).

‘The fragile birth of the Nature State in post-war Britain’ in Graf von Hardenberg, Kelly, Leal & Wakild (eds), The Nature State: New Approaches to the History of Conservation (Routledge, 2017).

2015      Quartz and Feldspar. Dartmoor: A British Landscape in Modern Times (Jonathan Cape: London, 2015)

Professor Simon Mortimer

2021      Vittis, Y.Gadanakis, Y. and Mortimer, S. (2021) Optimising the spatial and production input features to improve efficiency of hill farms. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 730614. ISSN 2571-581X doi:

2020      Struijk, M.Whitmore, A. P.Mortimer, S. and Sizmur, T. (2020) Obtaining more benefits from crop residues as soil amendments by application as chemically heterogeneous mixtures. SOIL, 6 (2). pp. 467-481. ISSN 2199-398X doi:

2019      Wubs, E.R.J., van der Putten, W.H., Mortimer, S.R., Korthals, G.W., Duyts, H., Wagenaar, R. and Bezemer, T.M. (2019) Single introductions of soil biota and plants generate long-term legacies in soil and plant community assembly. Ecology Letters, 22 (7). pp. 1145-1151. ISSN 1461-0248 doi:

Wagner, M., Fagan, K.C., Jefferson, R.G., Marrs, R.H., Mortimer, S.R., Bullock, J.M. and Pywell, R.F. (2019) Species indicators for naturally-regenerating and old calcareous grassland in southern England. Ecological Indicators, 101. pp. 804-812. ISSN 1470-160X doi:

2018      Garratt, M.P.D., Bommarco, R., Kleijn, D., Martin, E., Mortimer, S.R., Redlich, S., Senapathi, D., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Świtek, S., Takacs, V., van Gils, S., van der Putten, W.H. and Potts, S.G. (2018) Enhancing soil organic matter as a route to the ecological intensification of European arable systems. Ecosystems, 21 (7). pp. 1404-1415. ISSN 1435-0629 doi:

Areal, F.J., Jones, P.J., Mortimer, S.R. and Wilson, P. (2018) Measuring sustainable intensification: combining composite indicators and efficiency analysis to account for positive externalities in cereal production. Land Use Policy, 75. pp. 314-326. ISSN 0264-8377 doi:

2017      Fry, E.L., Pilgrim, E.S., Tallowin, Jerry R.B., Smith, R.S., Mortimer, S.R., Beaumont, D.A., Simkin, J., Harris, S.J., Shiel, R.S., Quirk, H., Harrison, K.A., Lawson, C.S., Hobbs, P.J. and Bardgett, R.D. (2017) Plant, soil and microbial controls on grassland diversity restoration: a long-term, multi-site mesocosm experiment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54 (5). pp. 1320-1330. ISSN 0021-8901 doi:

Garratt, M.P.D., Senapathi, D., Coston, D.J., Mortimer, S.R. and Potts, S.G. (2017) The benefits of hedgerows for pollinators and natural enemies depends on hedge quality and landscape context. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 247. pp. 363-370. ISSN 0167-8809 doi:

2016      Ward, S.E., Smart, S.M., Quirk, H., Tallowin, J.R.B., Mortimer, S.R., Shiel, R.S., Wilby, A. and Bardgett, R.D. (2016) Legacy effects of grassland management on soil carbon to depth. Global Change Biology, 22 (8). pp. 2929-2938. ISSN 1365-2486 doi:

2015      Manning, P., de Vries, F.T., Tallowin, J.R.B., Smith, R., Mortimer, S.R., Pilgrim, E.S., Harrison, K.A., Wright, D.G., Quirk, H., Benson, J., Shipley, B., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Kattge, J., Bonisch, G., Wirth, C. and Bardgett, R.D. (2015) Simple measures of climate, soil properties and plant traits predict national scale grassland soil carbon stocks. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52 (5). pp. 1188-1196. ISSN 0021-8901 doi:

McCracken, M.E., Woodcock, B.A., Lobley, M., Pywell, R.F., Saratsi, E., Swetnam, R.D., Mortimer, S.R., Harris, S.J., Winter, M., Hinsley, S. and Bullock, J.M. (2015) Social and ecological drivers of success in agri-environment schemes: the roles of farmers and environmental context. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52 (3). pp. 696-705. ISSN 0021-8901 doi:

Jones, P.J., Anderson, E., Capitani, C., Carvalho Ribeiro, S., Griffiths, G.H., Loupa-Ramos, I., Madeira, L., Mortimer, S.R., Paracchini, M.L., Pinto Correia, T., Schmidt, A.M., Simoncini, R. and Wascher, D.M. (2015) The EU societal awareness of landscape indicator: a review of its meaning, utility and performance across different scales. Land Use Policy, 53. pp. 112-122. ISSN 0264-8377 doi: