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‘Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone’

The last volunteer session of 2017 was today, so I thought I'd share a 'festive' post. Fed up of the Christmas music already? Here are some drought related songs to 'delight' your relatives with over the festive period instead, and a weather related mishap to serve as a warning to you all in this icy weather...

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What have our volunteers been up to?

An update from Alice on what the volunteers looking at weather in diaries and letters have been looking at and what they are finding. Elizabeth Hervey Diaries We have already done a couple of blogs on the Elizabeth Hervey diaries (see here and here), and they are turning out to be a fantastic source of weather… Continue reading What have our volunteers been up to?

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Alice’s visit to ICE and the National Archives

20th - 23rd June 2017 Alice was away, on a research trip to the National Archives and Institution of Civil Engineers Archives in London. Trust me to chose the hottest week of the year so far to spend in London! Fortunately, the National Archives have fantastic climate control, and were lovely and cool (I would… Continue reading Alice’s visit to ICE and the National Archives

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Historic Drought Conference, Strasbourg

As some of you might be aware, Alice was away last week attending a conference in Strasbourg. Here are some reflections on the trip. Last week I went on a road trip in France with my father, traveling to Strasbourg in order to attend a conference on Historic Drought in Europe. We drove from my… Continue reading Historic Drought Conference, Strasbourg

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Would you like to learn more about how people experienced and understood weather in the past? Are you interested in the 18th Century more generally? Are you interested in learning about how people in the past managed their water supply and improved their land? We have a range of diaries and bundles of letters which… Continue reading LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS!

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Alice’s Adventures in ‘Dry’ field-names: Brocton

I was out and about today, making the most of the sunshine, and visiting one of my pairs of fields with ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ field-names in Brocton. This pair of fields are particularly intriguing, because ‘Wet Reins’ is uphill from ‘Dry Leasow’ which is unusual. I hope to work out exactly what the relationship is… Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in ‘Dry’ field-names: Brocton