New Lives, New Landscapes: rural modernism in 20th century Britain

Date / time
Date(s) - 1 August - 2 August
All day


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

1st – 2nd August 2019, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Registration and full conference programme available at

  • 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)

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.