Allotments are a subject of wide ranging historical interest and
significance, now boosted by a
renewed enthusiasm for their use in current times of economic difficulty
awareness. Research by Jeremy Burchardt, University of Reading, into the
history of allotments, in
itself offering a ground-breaking academic perspective on a marginalised
`popular' history subject,
led a number of individuals and organisations from outside academic life
to take up work on the
history of allotments. Most notably, it prompted the Family and Community
Society (FACHRS) to launch a major nationwide project, resulting in a book
Ground) jointly edited by Burchardt, and an accompanying database.
Together these resources
have provided an extensive reference source for further investigations by
individuals and groups of
local historians and allotment associations. With the interest in the
general and specific histories of
allotments continuing, Burchardt's work and that emanating from it has
provided a rich resource
and starting point for numerous further enquiries.
The activities of Nottingham Trent's Centre for Travel Writing Studies
influence learned societies' projects, museum exhibitions and
universities' study of travel writing and culture. Our public engagements
principally take the form of museum events, library talks and
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Our pioneering research centre creates new understandings of travel
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with institutions such as Coventry Transport Museum, the National Maritime
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Bromley House Library, we organise exhibitions, arrange public events,
and, through the publication of important historical travel accounts
preserve, conserve and present cultural heritage.
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