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New Lives, New Landscapes: Rural Modernism in Twentieth-Century Britain


Northumbria University

In association with the British Academy

The post-1945 decades witnessed technological innovation and expansion. New networks of energy, communication and leisure facilities were established, often by a dirigiste state. These changes are usually associated with urban modernities, but much of the new infrastructure necessitated by these developments was located in rural environments.

How were twentieth-century rural landscapes 'modern' or 'modernist'? What social, economic, political and cultural effect did this new infrastructure have on the ‘rural’? These are timely questions, for such structures are being decommissioned or fast becoming redundant just as a new and highly contentious rural modernity of wind-farms, solar panels and natural gas extraction is rapidly developing. In no small way do current debates mirror past controversies.

By bringing together scholars working on rural landscapes and societies from across the humanities, this conference will take a cross-disciplinary approach to questions directly relevant to current debates about planning, preservation and the environment.

Conference Programme

The conference programme is available here 

Fees and Booking

Booking is now open, the fee schedule is outlined below:

  • Early Bird Full Fee: £70 (Until 15 June 2019)
  • Early Bird Student Fee: £45 (Until 15 June 2019) 

  • Late Full Fee: £100 (From 16 June 2019)
  • Late Student Fee: £60 (From 16 June 2019)


A range of accommodation options in Newcastle city centre are available - click here to book 

Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Room 401
Newcastle upon Tyne


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