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The Land-Agent: Past, Present and Future(2013-06-07)

1-2 July 2013 at Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire

This two day conference, held in the spectacular setting of Lamport Hall, will examine the economic, social, political and cultural role of the land agent past, present and future. Day one will consider the historical dimensions of the role, with papers including:
Carol Beardmore, ‘The rural community through the eyes of the land agent on the Marquis of Anglesey’s Dorset and Somerset estate’.
Caroline Dakers, ‘Land agents in fact and fiction: James Coombs and James Morrison/Caleb Garth in Middlemarch’.
Richard Gaunt, ‘The professional and the personal: A nineteenth century land agent’s story’.
Briony McDonagh, ‘Female owners and their land agents in the eighteenth century’.
Ciarán Reilly, ‘The Irish land agent and the ‘realities of life’ in the mid-nineteenth century’.
Phillip Riden, ‘Administering the Cavendish and Chatsworth estates in the seventeenth century’.
Sarah Webster, ‘Kent, Claridge and Pearce and the third Earl of Egremont (1751-1837): The professionalisation of land agents in this period c.1770 - c.1840’

Day two of the conference will focus on the current and future role of the land agent, exploring the economic, technological, environmental, organisation and jurisdictional challenges of estate management in the modern era. Papers include:
Davina Fillingham (Stephenson & Son, York), ‘Precision Farming Technology for Rural Land Management’.
Helen Small (The Hartwell Estate), ‘Tourism, greening and timber: Thinking about the future of a landed estate’.
Nick Morris (Chief Executive, Stowe House Preservation Trust), ‘The Land Agent: Past, Present and Future. A proposal from the Stowe Estate’.

Stephen Warton (Elton Estate), ‘Land Agents as “Green guardians”: A future’.

The conference team is based in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester ( The conference organiser is Professor Steven King, Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Law. His team of post-graduate researchers will assist you with making accommodation and travel arrangements, and paying the modest conference-fee where applicable. Please contact by email, Carol Beardmore or Geoff Monks They will be able to answer any questions you have about arrangements and timings over the two-days.
Booking s can be made electronically by accessing the web address below:

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