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100 years of the Forestry Commission

Now called Forestry England... A major agent of change in the British Landscape.

GA Presidents Blog

I have spent much of the last four days researching the 1920s and the history of the Geographical Association for the next phase in my major project around my GA Presidency: the creation of a biography of all the presidents since 1893, and associated events. I've also been contacting lots of former Presidents and finding out a whole range of stories and connections to Check out the project here. I'm currently in 1927, and the most recent President to be added was Charles Close, who was Director General of the Ordnance Survey.

Welsh Landscapes captured

An attempt to capture the changing landscape of Wales Read more about the project here.  (PDF download) It is using a range of images and data sets to capture the landscape.

Show your Stripes

All landscapes will potentially be affected by Climate Change... We have been using the warming stripes for some time in our department, and I also have a natty warming stripes tie. I shall be wearing it on Friday when we Show our Stripes It's time to #ShowYourStripes by visiting: ! We have made warming stripes graphics available for virtually every country, and including US states and UK regions. These are free to use however you like! These are my #warmingstripes : England (1884-2018). — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) June 17, 2019 Ed Hawkins is behind the stripes. He has created a new website where you can download stripes for your own home region. We will all be wearing the Stripes on the 21st of June. Posters are up in the Geography Classroom. Stickers are printed for everyone to wear. Annual average temperatures for England from 1884-2018 using data from UK Met Office. Graphics and lead scientist: Ed Hawkins ,

Places of Poetry - The Fens

The Places of Poetry website has launched today. I mentioned it earlier in the year when I first heard about it. It is collecting poems which are written about places, which can then be pinned to an interactive map. Click the menu icon top right on the home page for all the details and to add your own poem. Read about the project on the OS blog here.  There is a link with the Ordnance Survey. The project has been developed by Paul Farley and Professor Andrew McRae, who says: “Poetry has been used across the centuries to reflect on places and their histories. We’re using modern technology to reinvigorate this model, and we hope that as many people as possible get involved. We are excited to see where people pin their poems, and what they say about the places that matter to them.” I went on this morning and added my own poem to the map. You can view and read it here, just outside of the city of Ely. My poem also has a link to the Ordnance Survey, as it describes the surve