Joan Thirsk, who died in October 2013, was the leading agrarian historian of the late 20th century, and it is appropriate that a conference should be held at Leicester where she worked for 14 years. She is probably best known for her research into regional farming, but wrote much about rural industry, changing tastes and fashions, ‘projects’, and innovations in the rural economy. The conference is intended not to look back, but rather to identify Joan Thirsk’s relevance for historians now, and to display new work which has been influenced and inspired by her.
Conference fee: £28. Please register by 27 August 2014.