Open Spaces Society Symposium: whose landscapes?

Date / time: 8 September, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Open Spaces Society Symposium: whose landscapes?


This event is online.

The Open Spaces Society (OSS) is Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society. Its archives are held at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading (MERL). This symposium is a mix of history talks, discussion, poetry, and artistic responses. There will be a ‘find the location’ challenge where you will be able to explore the extensive early 20th century lantern slides collection and help us locate the landscapes.

Themes include the history of:

  • Access, trespass and rights of way
  • Woods and sylviculture
  • Amenity and natural beauty in landscape preservation

Programme and booking details available at: