Natural History and Local History in Late Victorian and Edwardian England: The Contribution of the Victoria County History

  title={Natural History and Local History in Late Victorian and Edwardian England: The Contribution of the Victoria County History},
  author={J. V. Beckett and Charles Watkins},
  journal={Rural History},
  pages={59 - 87}
Abstract In 1899 the Victoria County History (VCH) was established as a ‘National Survey’ of England which was intended to show the present day condition of the country and trace the ‘domestic history’ of all English counties to the ‘earliest times’. Natural history was seen as a key component to be included in the first volume for every county. In this paper we examine the reasons for the prominence given to natural history and demonstrate how the expert knowledge of natural historians was… 

‘Some inhuman wretch’: Animal Maiming and the Ambivalent Relationship between Rural Workers and Animals1

Abstract: The daily lives of many rural workers were intertwined with animals: those they kept, those in the wild, and those they were employed to work with and care for. And yet despite the

Making digital history : the impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research

This thesis investigates tow key questions: firstly, how do two broad groups - academic, family and local historians, and the public - evaluate, use, and contribute to digital history resources? And

Biodiversification as an historical process: an appeal for the application of historical ecology to bio-cultural diversity research

Comment on field and documentary evidence collected during multidisciplinary historical ecology approaches to research in the Northern Apennines (Italy) and Pyrenees (Franco-Spanish) sites suggest that medieval and post-medieval changes in local practices and systems of environmental resource production and activation appear to have been key drivers in co-related variations observed in the past biodiversity dynamics of the sites.



Placing nature: natural history collections and their owners in nineteenth-century provincial England

  • S. Alberti
  • History, Sociology
    The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 2002
It is argued that the civic elite retained control of museums throughout the nineteenth century, and although the admission criteria of these various groups became ostensibly more inclusive, privileged access continued to be granted to expert and esteemed visitors.

Wombwell: The Landscape History of a South Yorkshire Coalfield Township

Abstract An inter-disciplinary approach combining archival research and the use of field names with fieldwork and an understanding of the ecology allows the reconstruction of the landscape and

Corresponding interests: artisans and gentlemen in nineteenth-century natural history

  • A. Secord
  • History
    The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 1994
Early nineteenth-century natural history books reveal that British naturalists depended heavily on correspondence as a means for gathering information and specimens. Edward Newman commented in his

Woodland Conservation and Management.

The theme of this book is based on ideas of natural succession and climax, and Professor John Harper comments that 'it might be more healthy and scientifically more sound to look more often backwards and search for the explanation of the present in the past'.

Clubs, societies and associations

When in 1837, in the pages of his first periodical, Master Humphrey's Clock , Charles Dickens celebrated the doings of the Mudfog Association, with all its little formalities, its concern for rules,

Agricultural Sustainability and Open-Field Farming in England, c.1650–1830

Recent debates about modern farming have come to be couched in the terminology of sustainable agriculture, a concept originally developed in respect of international post-World War Two farming, and

Botanical transculturation: Japanese and British knowledge and understanding of Aucuba japonica and Larix leptolepis 1700-1920.

The complexity of the interchange of Japanese and european knowledge of natural history in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is demonstrated and different modes of transculturation are identified.

British Fungus-Flora, a Classified Text-Book of Mycology

IT was in 1836 that Berkeley published his “British I Fungi” as a part of Hooker's “British Flora,” and for about a quarter of a century this was the standard work. In 186o appeared Berkeley's

The New Forest, an Ecological History.

The aim was to for the text of Colin Tubbs' book, The New Forest; An ecological history to be formatted as a self-indexing programme, and made freely available within the Schools in Communities Agenda 21 Network (SCAN) to encourage teachers to use the New Forest as a cross-curricular exemplar of environmental management.

The Cambridge Social History of Britain

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