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Wuffing Education

The Landscape of the Sandlings

Rainbows over

with Dr Tom Williamson

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 22nd April 2006

The Suffolk coast has long been a popular destination for visitors, who come to enjoy its tranquillity and abundant wildlife, especially birds. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the district's biological diversity derives from its unique combination of coastal wetlands, heaths, and extensive woods.

This study-day explains how this distinctive landscape - the Sandlings or, to use an older name, the 'Sandlands' - evolved over centuries through the interaction of people and nature. We shall examine the origins and development of both the wildlife habitats and the wider landscape of fields, farms, towns and settlements. The landscape was firmly shaped by the hand of man. Yet at the same time, the character of local communities has itself been moulded by nature - and in particular, by the poor acid soils and the ever-changing form of the coast.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 History and Environment  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.30 The Coastal Wetlands  
  12.30 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Heaths  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 Settlements, Fields and Boundaries  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson read history and archaeology at Jesus College, Cambridge, before completing his PhD. there on Roman and Medieval Settlement in North West Essex. Since 1984 he has held a Lectureship in Landscape History at the University of East Anglia. Special interests include: ‘fringe’ archaeology and popular perceptions of the past; the history of water management (drainage, irrigation, and the exploitation of wetlands); the survival of prehistoric/Romano-British field systems within the modern landscape; the archaeology of hunting and trapping; and the origins of medieval systems of land division and territorial organisation.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Ashwin & Davison (eds) An Historical Atlas of Norfolk, 3rd ed. [Phillimore, Chichester 2005]
Dymond & Martin (eds) An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, 3rd ed. [Suffolk County Council 1999]
Williamson, T., Polite Landscapes: Gardens and Society in Eighteenth century England, (Sutton, Stroud 1995)
Williamson, T., Suffolk's Gardens and Parks:Designed Landscapes from the Tudors to the the Victorians (Macclesfield 2000)
Williamson, T., Hedges and Walls National Trust (London 2002)
Williamson, T., Shaping Medieval Landscapes: Settlement, Society, Environment (Macclesfield 2003)
Williamson, T., Sandlands: The Suffolk Coast and Heaths (Windgather Press, Macclesfield 2005)
Wade-Martins, S & T Williamson Roots of Change: Farming and the Landscape in East Anglia 1700 - 1870
Agricultural Society of Great Britain (Exeter 1999)
P Warner, The Origins of Suffolk (Manchester 1996)
P Warner, Bloody Marsh: A Seventeenth-century Village in Crisis (Macclesfield 2000)


Please phone or email to check the availability of places and then send the application form and a cheque for £38, payable to Wuffing Education to:

Wuffing Education,
4 Hilly Fields,
Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 4DX
(tel : 01394 386498)

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