Volume 23, 2023
“Carrying with her a most influential and intelligent audience.” Women Lecturers, the British Empire, and the Manchester Geographical Society, 1884-1920
Dr. James Watts
Dept. of History, University of Bristol.
This article explores the prominence of women in the Manchester Geographical Society and particularly in their lecture series on imperial education, travel and geography. Through the Society’s journal, lecture series, and newspaper accounts, it considers the prominence of women in presenting imperial travel and experience in Britain. The Society’s lectures are reflective of the increasing presence of women in imperial travel and their ability to present this travel and exploration in formal settings like the Manchester Geographical Society.
The changing face of Whalley Nab, Lancashire: A naturalistic and cultural landscape
School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester, UK.
Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, UK.
Two hundred years ago, the hill known as Whalley Nab in Lancashire was a sparsely populated, rural prominence. Its appearance was deliberately improved by landowners and became a place of natural beauty as well as an agricultural landscape, location of cottage industry and home for mill workers. This article is an original, microhistorical study of the Nab that indicates how the people of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries experienced the hill and used it for work and leisure. The discussion charts the shifts in appearance of the area and finds that although in various respects the hill is unchanged, some features are very different. Opportunities for biodiversity, in particular, are greatly reduced through human intervention. The article adds to seminal work by authors including Don Mitchell and Robert Macfarlane.
NIGEL LAWSON 1941 -2022
School of Environment, Education & Development, University of Manchester.
‘Are mathematicians human?’ Alan Turing’s Manchester
by Jonathan Swinton