Defining the Metropolitan Region

Town, Countryside and Environment in London & the South East, 1580-1914


Registration and all sessions, except for the Friday evening plenary lecture, will take place in the Maths Lecture Theatre, Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (IMSAS).  The Institute, close to Darwin College, is located at E2 on the campus maps (click here)

Friday 17 April




Buffet Lunch (Maths Lecture Theatre, IMSAS)

2.00-2.30 Welcome and introduction.  Defining the Metropolitan Region, 1580-2000,
David Ormrod, Kent History School
2.30-3.30 Agricultural rent in England and the competition for land, 1690-1914,
John Beckett, Director, VCH, Institute of Historical Research
3.30-4.00 Tea
4.00-5.00 Early Modern London: place and space in the experience of the city,
Vanessa Harding, Birkbeck
5.30-6.00 Vice-Chancellor’s Reception in Darwin Senior Common Room
6.00-7.00 Plenary Lecture in Darwin Lecture Theatre 2
Greater London. The trading metropolis as an ecological system, 1500-1800
Paul Warde, Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge, and UEA
7.30 Dinner in the Beagle Restaurant, Darwin College
Saturday, 18 April
9.30-10.00 Registration and Coffee
10.00-11.15 Pathways to modernisation and the separation of town and countryside in the South-East, 1580-1914, David Ormrod and Jim Gibson
'Too much noise!' Depicting the data on rural and urban rents in the long run, Owen Lyne, Kent (IMSAS)
11.15-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.45 The rural-urban fringe and industrial growth. The case of Dartford Jim Gibson, Rochester Bridge Trust 
Deindustrialisation in Kent, or not? Andrew Hann, English Heritage
1.00-2.00 Buffet lunch (IMSAS, Maths Lecture Theatre)
2.00-3.30 Round table discussion: Defining the Metropolitan Region
3.30-4.00 Tea

The ESRC and The University of Kent