Vale of Evesham the Topic for Next in Series of The Hive Professorial Lectures

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The Director of the University's Centre for Rural Research, Professor Nick Evans, will examine the past, present and future of one of the most distinctive parts of the Worcestershire landscape in the latest in The Hive’s series of Professorial Lectures.

Professor Evans, a Professor of Rural Geography at the University, will present his lecture, entitled ‘Policy Persistence and Cultural Resistance: The re-development of horticulture in the Vale of Evesham’, on May 7.

Professor Evans explains: “This talk will examine three aspects of horticulture in the Vale. First, the rise and decline of market gardening will be illustrated and discussed in relation to local culture and wider agricultural policy.

“Second, the legacy that small-scale horticulture has left will be evaluated in terms of current tourism-based promotions that latch on to cultural traditions, both real and imagined. Third, the continuing increased industrialisation of horticulture will be outlined as a contrast to more romantic visions of market gardening in the Vale.

“In this way, the past, present and future development of horticulture in the Vale will be put into perspective.”

The monthly lecture series, which has been running at The Hive since February, has so far covered topics as varied as the history of local theatre, the ongoing story of DNA and whether or not it is possible to live well with dementia.

Following Professor Evans’ lecture, a series of other academics will be delivering further presentations at the library during the coming months.

Professor Maggie Andrews, one of two West Midlands experts advising the BBC’s flagship ‘World War One at Home’ project, will deliver her lecture on ‘Nationalising Hundreds and Thousands of Women: femininity, domesticity and motherhood in World War Two evacuation’ early in June.

Hers will be followed by three further lectures after the beginning of the new academic year in September. These will be delivered by Professor Stephen Parker, Professor of the History of Religion and Education; Professor Howard Cox, Professor of International Business History; and Professor Jean Webb, Professor of International Children’s Literature.

Tickets to these free events are on a 'first come, first served basis' and can be collected from the Information Pod on Level 1 at The Hive or the University of Worcester's main reception in St John's.

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