Aims and Objectives
The purpose of the project is to raise awareness of, excite interest in, and win funding for systematic, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary investigation of the Forests and Chases of England and Wales: in particular their spatial, temporal, functional, and cultural origins, significance, and survival. Here are some of the more important topics addressed by the project team and other scholars involved in this area.
Allied with this, the processes and results of afforestation and disafforestation
patronage and perquisites, and their relationship to royal and aristocratic
recovering pre-modern communitas)
as expressions of kingship and theatres of power
The march of medieval assarting and post-medieval enclosure
origins and uses of vaccaries
-racing, and military theory and practice)
Scholarly and public policy
including its use as a tool of state governance
Data exists in documents, maps and plans, literature, and fieldwork, and the results of results will continue to be disseminated to scholars and the wider public electronically as well as in print and through workshops, papers, and lectures.
The partial state of knowledge about forests and chases is typified by the need to ask 'How many forests survived into and through early modern times?' (For an introductory discussion, click on the title in the side panel.) A summary of the perceived significance of the research, written for a general readership, is also accessible from the panel: 'The case for further research', together with 'Seeing the wood for the trees', an article in the St John's College journal, TW.