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Booking now open for Open Spaces Society online symposium at the MERL, 8 September

Booking is now open for my online symposium for the Open Spaces Society and the Museum of English Rural Life on 8 September. Free, all welcome.

Go to the MERL website for more information and to book:


Session 1: 2pm-3pm

  • Introductions and welcome from The MERL and OSS
  • Katrina Navickas (The MERL OSS Fellow), ‘The Open Spaces Society lantern slides collection at The MERL’
  • Ruth Quinn (University of Hull), ‘Cows not campus: open space preservation in the ‘bufferzone’ at Saltaire World Heritage Site’

3pm: virtual coffee

Session 2: 3.15pm-4pm

  • artists’ showcase – artists and poets show their work on landscapes and open spaces
  • Mark Gorman (Newham Heritage), ‘Saving the People’s Forest: the commons preservation campaign and Epping Forest’
  • David Toft (Hayfield Kinder Trespass) and Chris Chilton (Winter Hill 125), ‘Commemorating the Winter Hill Mass Trespass’
  • Keith Sands, ‘The 1991 Range West Mass Trespass’

Session 3: 4pm-4.30pm

  • find the location challenge – get access to the lantern slide collection and do some geo-location with Street View and old maps!
  • round up and close

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