Landed – Cadastral Maps 2017 © Layla Curtis

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Join a unique two-day event exploring the work of LRG’s Funded Projects, including ‘Landed: Cadastral Maps‘ looking at land ownership and its impacts in Lancashire, and ‘Beyond the Peace Lines‘ examining landscape boundaries and social inclusion in Belfast.

Further details below; click here for tickets.

The projects presented are funded by the Landscape Research Group, as part of our Landscape Justice research theme. Click here for more information about the Research Fund. #LandscapeJustice

Booking is essential; click here for tickets. Tickets are cheaper for LRG members; if you’d like more information about joining us, click here.

Friday 17th May:

Borders & Boundaries Showcase & Discussions

The Storey Lecture Theatre, Lancaster

Event 4.30pm-6.30pm

AGM 6.30pm-7.30pm

Featuring ‘Beyond the Peace Lines,’ exploring physical and invisible borders between and within communities in Belfast.

Project lead Dr Ian Mell will present the progress of the project, the barriers encountered, followed by a discussion. The multidisciplinary project involves the Universities of Manchester, Salford, Brighton and Ulster.

Belfast is a complex and diverse city. Its urban form has been manipulated over time to house both beautiful landscapes and spaces of community exclusion. The role of parks have been discussed less frequently, yet have been shown to make significant positive impacts on health, well-being and community cohesion.

Beyond the Peace Lines 2018 © Ian Mell

The ‘Beyond the Peace Lines’ project aimed to ask whether parks promoted the same level of distinctive community use (and identity) as other parts of Belfast or whether they were more inclusive and fluid. By assessing where, how and what people use parks for this project helps to try and better understand the value of ‘landscape’ in a contested city.

The evening will also include a presentation by Aisling O’Carroll, recipient of an LRG Research Fund grant in 2019, under the theme Language and Landscape Governance. Her work looks at the influence that geological and historiographic studies had at the turn of the nineteenth century in establishing a reading of landscape as a physical archive, and informing a new mode of historical engagement with landscape.

The evening is concluded by our AGM; all members are welcome.


Saturday 18th May:

Borders & Boundaries Field Trip

2-6pm. Pick-up and return to central Lancaster (details will be sent to participants). LIMITED PLACES; FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

A journey through a slice of Lancashire, from the coast to the moors, exploring land ownership, power relations and the impact on people’s lives.

We will travel a route through the area defined by ‘Landed: Cadastral Maps,’ guided by project lead John Angus of StoreyG2. The project highlights issues around land ownership with the backdrop that about 70% of the land in the UK is owned by 0.7% of the population, and information on landownership in England is hard to obtain.

The cadastral map below, showing land boundaries and ownership, was produced as part of the project, with artists Layla Curtis and Rebecca Chesney.

Landed – Cadastral Maps 2017 © Layla Curtis/John Angus

We will also be joined by Siobhán Forshaw, recipient of one of this year’s Research Fund grants under the theme Language and Landscape Governance. She will share her project on ‘Ways and Meanings’ – tracing and responding to official and unofficial access routes around the South Lake District to identify contrasting understandings of the landscape. The work will form part of Grizedale Arts’ Black Shed project responding to unequal access across lines of gender, ethnicity, disability and class.

The trip will leave from and return to Lancaster by minibus, and will require some easy walking. If the weather is bad, bring waterproof clothing and footwear.