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Professor Matthew Kelly, Professor of Modern History, Northumbria University

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'Inconspicuous good’: Pauline Dower (née Trevelyan) and the first ten years of Northumberland National Park.

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Pauline Dower was the only woman on the National Parks Commission, the body tasked with designating a new system of National Parks in England and Wales following the passage of enabling legislation in 1949.

This lecture will consider Dower’s upbringing as a member of the Trevelyan family, the significance of her marriage to John Dower, author of the report that laid the groundwork for the 1949 Act, and how she fulfilled her public role with respect to the early history of Northumberland National Park.

A particular focus will fall on how Dower and the park authorities sought to manage competing modern pressures and expectations, including the right of the public to access private land, the forestry sector’s voracious demand for new land, and the state’s need to site new infrastructure. 

Matthew Kelly is Professor of Modern History in the Department of Humanities, focusing on the development of environmental policy in the post-war period, the cultural history of landscape, and the history of National Parks and nature conservation.

Matthew joined Northumbria in 2016 as a professor. Prior to joining Northumbria University, he was a lecturer and then Associate Professor at the University of Southampton; a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford; Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and a Visiting Researcher at St. John’s College, Oxford for Michaelmas term.

Refreshments will be available from 6pm with the lecture 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Please click on the Book Now button to book your place at this lecture

Event Details

Northumbria University
Lecture Theatre 002
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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