Valuing Landscape and Environment: Arts and Humanities Perspectives

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: Sch of Geography

Abstract

The research proposes to consolidate and enhance the impact of the Landscape and Environment programme through objectives that could not have been achieved during the term of the programme itself. There is now a compelling case for the three main outputs, a book, performance work and relaunched website, as it is now evident that the value of the programme has increased exponentially in its final year, notably with some large projects with high public value. This fellowship will not extend the programme, it will transform it.

The research will identify and take forward programme findings which address and promote the broad issue of cultural value and promote the particular theme of public value through forms of public engagement. For landscape and environment the relevant fields are those of design, conservation, policy and management, public artwork and exhibition, local belonging, postgraduate teaching, professional training and lifelong learning. The fellowship will further develop two areas of its original specification, 'sites of creativity' and 'arenas of public concern' and establish new connections to the main area of project awards 'fields of scholarly enquiry'. The fellowship will explore the most effective ways to connect theory and practice in landscape and environment matters, to integrate interpretation in texts with implementation on the ground, academic scholarship with site management and public understanding. It will also consider the the example of landscape and environment as a model field for arts and humanities research concerned with public value and engagement.

The fellowship staff will comprise a team of three, the established partnership of programme director and programme co-ordinator with additionally a full time Research Associate, with the requisite expertise in qualitative methods.

The first period of the fellowship will focus on inputs. It will collect, collate and analyse information and material. This will be done by reviewing programme activity interviewing award holders and organizing themed, on site, workshops with award holders and stakeholders, including programme partners from the National Trust, English Heritage and Tate. The emergent theme of environmental change will be captured by liaising with the 12 networks under a programme related AHRC which continue until mid 2011. A wider review of relevant literature from outside the programme will also be undertaken, and linkages developed with international organizations concerned with the public value of landscape and environment, particularly those with whom liaison's have been established during the programme. During this first period of the fellowship a redeveloped programme website will document and display the progress of fellowship activity, including posting working papers, case studies and other topical issues relevant to the project.

The second period of the fellowship will focus on outputs. The first will be a commissioned, performance work on the theme of landscape and local identity, adaptable to different sites and venues, performed live and recorded in formats which can be accessed in situ. This work will be part of a showcase event for the fellowship findings in London. The main output of the fellowship is a book, authored by the PI in collaboration with award holders and partners. This will be professionally designed to be accessible to a wide ranging readership. Writings throughout the fellowship will contribute to this book, including working papers and publications for practically minded organizations in the art, design and conservation sector. In this second period the website will continue to document and display material, including the second of two Newsletters, and act as an archive for the fellowship findings, an outcome which will be sustained after the end date of the award.

Planned Impact

Main users and beneficiaries and how they would benefit

- public sector: heritage, conservation and access organizations, specifically English Heritage through collaboration, also English Nature, Heritage Link, CABE, Cultural Olympiad: Discovering Places

- the third sector: charities, specifically the National Trust through collaboration; museums and galleries, specifically Tate through collaboration

- policy makers: national and trans-national, Council of Europe/European Union; through European Landscape Convention (see international organizations below) to which the UK is a signatory

- international organizations: European Science Foundation, through the implementation of its Science Policy Briefing 'Landscape in a Changing World: Bridging Divides, Integrating Disciplines, Serving Society', a humanities driven document the programme director decisively shaped and co-authored and the follow up EuroCores (collaborative research) theme proposal 'Eurolandscape: Using Landscape in Social and Economic Sustainability' . Le:Notre: European Commission Thematic Network in Landscape Architecture.

- professional and practitioner: via Landscape Research Group

- media: BBC4/2 and Radio 4 initiatives on landscape art & archaeology

- local communities: participating communities in performance event

- commercial/private sector: landscape consultancies (through collaboration with Landscape Research Group)

Publications

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Bate, Jonathan (2011) The Public Value of the Humanities

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Bell, Simon; Herlin, Ingrid Sarlov; Stiles, Richard (2011) Exploring the Boundaries of Landscape Architecture

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Daniels S (2013) Imagining coastal change: reflections on making a film in cultural geographies

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Daniels S (2012) To the Ends of the Earth: Art & Environment in Tate Papers 17

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Daniels S (2012) Until the end of days: narrating landscape and environment in cultural geographies

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Daniels, Stephen; DeLyser, Dydia; Entrikin, J. Nicholas; Richardson, Doug (2011) Envisioning Landscapes, Making Worlds: Geography and the Humanities

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DeSilvey C (2012) Making sense of transience: an anticipatory history in cultural geographies

 
Title A Map of Alkborough Flats and the Humber Estuary to explore the processes impacting upon the decision to establish a Managed Realignment Site 
Description This work was commissioned by the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme as part of the Impact Fellowship. Produced with the purpose of gaining an insight into the dynamic of the natural systems at work at Alkborough, North Lincolnshire, the map explore, This work was commissioned by the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme as part of the Impact Fellowship. Produced with the purpose of gaining an insight into the dynamic of the natural systems at work at Alkborough, North Lincolnshire, the map explores the conditions that drove the decision to realign the 440 hectare site as part of the Humber Shoreline Management Plan through the cutting of a breach in the flood bank in the autumn of 2006. One of the largest flood storage schemes in Europe, 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Centrepiece of Lincolnshire Landscape conference and permanent installation in Univeristy of Nottingham. 
URL http://www.landscape.ac.uk/landscape/impactfellowship/imagining-change/artwork-commission.aspx
 
Title Warplands 
Description As part of the Impact Fellowship award, Professor Mike Pearson (University of Aberystwyth) was commissioned to create a new performance 'soundwork'. Throughout the original programme, performance emerged as a key theme and performance works proved to be a, As part of the Impact Fellowship award, Professor Mike Pearson (University of Aberystwyth) was commissioned to create a new performance 'soundwork'. Throughout the original programme, performance emerged as a key theme and performance works proved to be a highly successful method of researching landscape and environment. They also effectively extended the scope and depth of public engagement with both the research completed and the landscapes and environments that were the subjects of individual 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact further stimulated development of performance geography practice 
URL http://www.landscape.ac.uk/landscape/impactfellowship/peforminggeographieswarplands/warplands.aspx
 
Title Warplands 
Description Video and audio recordings of the live performance of Warplands, available from the programme website www.landscape.ac.uk, As part of the Impact Fellowship award, Professor Mike Pearson (University of Aberystwyth) was commissioned to create a new performance 'soundwork'. Throughout the original programme, performance emerged as a key theme and performance works proved to be a highly successful method of researching landscape and environment. They also effectively extended the scope and depth of public engagement with both the research completed and the landscapes and environments that were the subjects of individual 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact increased audience for practical methods of performing geography 
URL http://www.landscape.ac.uk/landscape/impactfellowship/peforminggeographieswarplands/toolkit.aspx
 
Description The aim of the research activities completed and events organised under the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme Director's Impact Fellowship was to further enhance and develop the work already carried out by the Landscape and Environment Programme (2005-2010). The Fellowship has also used research on landscape and environment as a framework for demonstrating the value of arts and humanities research more widely.

In all objectives and activities the Directorate has worked in partnership in
Exploitation Route Many of the outcomes are designed to have wide appeal and are freely available from the programme website www.landscape.ac.uk. These include the film Imagining Change: Coastal Conversations and performance Warplands. The book has also been written for an informed but non-academic audience.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Environment

URL http://www.landscape.ac.uk
 
Description The film has been widely circulated and discussed, including NT workshops. An article on the film has been published in a popular forum on research in practice. Book still in progress. The book now published, 2015, very well reviewed on line on the NT site, and around 6000 copies sold (March 2017) Programme cited in 10th anniversary publication of AHRC with testimony from National Trust.
Sector Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Bringing Landscape to Life: Environmental Histories at Sheringham Park 1812-2012
Amount £79,903 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/K50273X/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2012 
End 07/2012
 
Description Bringing Landscape to Life: Environmental Histories at Sheringham Park 1812-2012 (Extension)
Amount £15,989 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/L503496/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2013 
End 08/2013
 
Description Landscaped Estates of the 1800s: Designs on the Future
Amount £48,160 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/L503538/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2013 
End 11/2013
 
Description Weather walks, weather talks: exploring popular climate histories and futures
Amount £72,373 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/K502777/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2012 
End 07/2012
 
Description 'The art of landscape' Appleton Biennial Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Stephen Daniels was invited to give the Appleton Biennial Public Lecture at the University of Hull in March 2011. He featured activities and outcomes of the Impact Fellowship in the lecture.

stimulated further research questions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Impact Fellowship newsletter 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The first Director's Impact Fellowship newsletter gives an overview of the first six months of the fellowship. There are features on the four workshops that took place in June, plus information on the Researching Environmental Change awards. It also highlights 'Robinson in Ruins' and has a piece on the Warplands performance that is to take place in September.

prompted requests for information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.landscape.ac.uk/landscape/documents/programmedocuments/impact-fellowship-newsletter-march...
 
Description Impact Fellowship newsletter 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The final Impact Fellowship newsletter provides an update on the activities of the Directorate including the live premier of Warplands, the filming of Imagining Change: Coastal Conversations, and plans for the Fellowship book. It also includes updates on Programme funded projects.

ongoing community of landscape research engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.landscape.ac.uk/landscape/documents/programmedocuments/impact-fellowship-newsletter-march...
 
Description School of Geography seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Stephen and Lucy gave a short seminar to the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham on the making of the film 'Imagining Change: Coastal Conversations', before screening the film and taking questions.

stimulated student projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012