Small Fish in a Big Pond: The Pure Rivers Society, Water Pollution and Britain’s Second World War

Event Details

  • Event date: 13/02/2020
  • Venue: Room QA063, Council Room, Queen Anne Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9LS

Small Fish in a Big Pond: The Pure Rivers Society, Water Pollution and Britain’s Second World War

Gary Willis recently discovered the archives of the “elusive” Pure Rivers Society in deepest Herefordshire. What does this tell us about Second World War era water pollution and the challenges of historical research?

Gary Willis had a first career in international development charities and the trade union movement. Having always been interested in the environment, British history and the Second World War, he undertook an MRes in Historical Research at the Institute of Historical Research in London, and is now in the third and final year of a PhD at the University of Bristol, looking at the impact on the British landscape of the Second World War. He published an article in Rural History in October 2018: “An Arena of Glorious Work”: The Protection of the Rural Landscape against the Demands of Britain’s Second World War Effort.

The History & Environment Talks are presented by Raphael Samuel History Centre, the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Greenwich Maritime Centre at the University of Greenwich.

Free, everyone welcome. Refreshments available.

Reserve your place here: https://history-environment-talk.eventbrite.co.uk

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