Kielder: the story of a man-made landscape’

David Moon, Leona Skelton

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Episode 49 of the Exploring Environmental History podcast discusses anthropogenic landscapes and environmental change. In England, one of the most striking locations of such anthropogenic changes is Kielder Forest and Water in Northumberland. Since the 1920s, this site has seen a massive tree planting effort, creating one of the largest man-made forests in Western Europe. During the 1970s a large dam and reservoir were constructed at Kielder in order to create a secure water supply for the industries at Teesside. As a result Kielder has witnessed significant and dramatic environmental changes over the course of the twentieth century.How did local people experience and perceive the landscape transformation and the resulting man-made environment of Kielder? To find out the Kielder Oral History Project was conducted. On this episode of the podcast, the two researchers who carried out the Kielder Oral History project, Professor David Moon of the University of York and Dr Leona Skelton of Durham University, will discuss some of their findings and the use of oral sources in environmental history
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Feb 22 2013


  • Forestry, reservoir, man-made, landscape, oral history

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