Device is incompatible to play the video
Wednesday, 16 November 2011, 6:00PM
Museum of London

A Lark Arising: The Rural Past and Urban Histories, 1881 - 2011

Professor Alun Howkins

The Census of April 1881 revealed an England which was a firmly urban and industrial nation. Although the number of ‘urban’ dwellers had exceeded the rural for the first time thirty years earlier it was not until the 1870s and 1880s that the population was firmly urban and living in large and mostly ‘modern’ towns. We do not know in any detail what the Census of  April 2011 will reveal but what is certain is the England remains an urban, although  no longer an  industrial nation. However the proportion of the population living in rural areas is now greater than at any time since 1911. These simple facts chart the great demographic changes in England in the last 150 years. However, as many observers have noted, the English imagination has never lost its enthusiasm for the rural. This lecture will look at that enthusiasm not as one simple unchanging set of ideas but as a complex web of the popular and the elite; the political right and left and the culturally the progressive and the reactionary.  By bringing some of these aspects into relationship with one another the lecture will explore the continuing fascination with the rural  as a central part of the popular ideas of the past.

 

This is the 2011 Joint Royal Historical Society/Gresham College Annual Lecture. The other joint lectures can be accessed here:

       2012 - Why the Enlightenment still matters today by Professor Justin Chapman
       2010 - What did eighteenth-century men want? by Professor Amanda Vickery
       2009 - The Institutionalisation of the Arts in Early Victorian England
                 by Charles Saumarez Smith
       2008 - History, Science and Religion by Dr Allan Chapman
       2007 - The fabrication of medieval history by Dr Simon Thurley
       2006 - The Curse of the Poke Bonnet: Television's Version by Joan Bakewell
       2005 - Travels in Time: History and identity in today's world by Michael Wood
       2004 - Presenting unwanted histories by Dr Gareth Griffith

professor-alun-howkins

Professor Alun Howkins is a social historian based at the University of Sussex with particular interest in the rural poor. However, he has written on a wide range of topics from Turner to the politics of the Communist party.

Read More
Read Less

Transcript

16 November 2011

A Lark Arising: The Rural Past and Urban Histories, 1881 - 2011
Professor Alun Howkins

View PDF
Print
Related Future Lectures
Related Past Lectures
WATCHED
Part of a series

Pornography

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 6 January 2022 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Universal Value of Nature

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 11 January 2022 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Going Global: James I and the Wider World

Professor Anna Whitelock
Tuesday, 25 January 2022 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

The Oil Shock and Neoliberalism

Professor Martin Daunton FBA
Tuesday, 15 February 2022 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Exploring the Deep Sea

Professor Kerry Howell
Tuesday, 15 February 2022 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

The Evolution of Cancer Therapy

Professor Eleanor Stride
Wednesday, 16 February 2022 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Attacks on Knowledge from Ashurbanipal to Trump

Richard Ovenden
Thursday, 2 December 2021 - 1:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Holocaust History Under Siege in Poland

Professor Jan Grabowski
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Nature's Numbers: Natural Capital Accounting

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Tuesday, 16 November 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Perversion

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 11 November 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Blacks Britannica: Diversity in Medieval and Early Modern England

Dr Onyeka Nubia
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 - 5:30PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Ancient Greek and Roman Libraries

Professor Edith Hall
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 - 12:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Portraits, Biographies and Public History

Professor Ludmilla Jordanova
Tuesday, 2 November 2021 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Human Traffic: Race and Post-War Migration Policy

David Olusoga OBE
Tuesday, 1 October 2019 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

How Natural is Natural? Historical Perspective on Wildlife and the Environment in England

Professor Tom Williamson
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Ten Cities that Built an Empire: Understanding British Imperialism Through the Urban Past

Dr Tristram Hunt
Wednesday, 5 October 2016 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Free Speech and the Study of History

Timothy Garton Ash
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - 6:00PM
WATCHED
Part of a series

Making History Online

Professor Tim Hitchcock
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 6:00PM
WATCHED

Free the Nipple!

Professor Joanna Bourke FBA
Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

The World's First Scientists

Professor Edith Hall
Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 4:00PM
WATCHED

People, Place and Nature

Professor Jacqueline McGlade
Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

The World's First University?

Professor Edith Hall
Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

How Can We Stop Pollution?

Thursday, 18 April 2019 - 10:00AM
WATCHED

The Greatest Speech Of All Time?

Professor Edith Hall
Friday, 1 March 2019 - 10:00AM