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We look but do we really see? … exploring and understanding local landscapes

4th July @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Have you ever stopped to consider or ask questions about where you live, work, or places you like to visit (a house, building, village, town, forest)? Often we rarely notice something that is right in front of us as we go about our daily lives: the lion on top of a Chester car park, the architecture within some of Chester’s shops, the façade of the railway station, an inscribed sandstone block opposite a Boughton school. Landscape History is about asking questions of what we see and then trying to make sense of what lies before us. Looking at features in the landscape, finding out about them and trying to explain how, why and when these features appeared and when changes took place.

In this talk, Sharon Varey and Graeme White, Emeritus Professor of Local History, University of Chester (Landscape Historians, members of the Chester Society for Landscape History, editors of Cheshire History and a trilogy of landscape history books) will show how an interest in the landscape around us inspired study and research, the foundation of a successful local society, the publication of a number of short booklets and ultimately to three major publications: enriching the lives of many local people along the way.


4th July
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Chester Town Hall
Northgate Street
Chester, CH1 2HJ
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