Chester Society for Landscape History

Upper storeys of Chester’s iconic Rows (Photograph: Vanessa Greatorex)

Field trip to Aldersey Green (Photograph: Carol Sparkes)

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 12 June 2024, 12 noon
Field trip to The Old Dock, Liverpool. £7 per person.
Advance booking by Saturday 27 April 2024 essential.
See our Field Trips page for more information.


4-7 July 2024: Festival of Ideas
Free public events on a wide range of themes in and around Chester, created by the University of Chester and local organisations. Chester Society for Landscape History’s contribution is as follows:

Thursday 4 July 2024, 1pm
Lecture: We look but do we really see? Exploring and understanding local landscapes
Speakers: Professor Graeme White and Dr Sharon Varey
Venue: Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester
Click this link for more information: Festival of Ideas


Date tbc
Field trip to Williamson’s Tunnels, Liverpool, led by Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels. More details are available on our Field Trips page.


Date tbc
Field trip to Helsby Quarry. More information will be added when the arrangements have been finalised.


Saturday 28 September 2024, 2pm
Lecture: Motte and Bailey Castles
Speaker: Chris Matthews, Landscape Archaeologist,
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
Venue: St Columba’s Church Hall, Plas Newton Lane, Chester, CH2 1SA
Admission: Members Free, Visitors £4, Student Visitors £2

What is Landscape History?

Landscape History is the study of how people have altered the landscape through time.

It seeks to explain the historical significance of the buildings, earthworks, flora and other physical features which are our common heritage. It embraces aspects of history, archaeology, architecture, geography, geology, botany and other disciplines.

“The English landscape itself, to those who know how to read it aright, is the richest historical record we possess.” – W.G. Hoskins.

Picks of the Week

Every week our Information Officer emails members links providing details of forthcoming events, activities and online resources related to landscape history in Britain and beyond. Here are some of this week’s recommendations:

Castles of the Lune Valley
Map, photos and information.
https://bitaboutbritain.com/the-castles-of-the-lune-valley/

15 historic British landmarks on the brink of collapse
Possibly a bit harsh, but nevertheless interesting.
https://lovelistsuk.com/historic-uk-landmarks-on-the-verge-of-collapse/

Soft-bodied fossils discovered near Llandrindod Wells
Found in rocks laid down under the sea over 460 million years ago.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/powys-fossils-covid-sweden-one-b2330318.html

Click on the blue text for links to previous Picks of the Week.