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Institute student wins Goodliff book award

21 October 2015

Goodliffe Award ceremony following Dr Simon Thurley's lecture on English Market Towns (with reproductions of the Bronze Age fish traps discovered at Must Farm, Cambridgeshire in the foreground)

Congratulations to Institute research student, Jason Peters, who recently received the Goodliff Award to write a book on the 'lost forest of Huntingdonshire'.

The invited book project follows on from a lecture series Jason gave to various local history groups which used his personal research for an Advanced Diploma in Historic Environment (University of Cambridge) and also his current MPhil studies at UCL on adaptive continuity, pattern and process in the exploitation (and built environment) of woodland-pastures in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England.

The book will discuss evidence for the Anglo-Saxon origins and Norman-Plantagenet development of the three royal haga (enclosed woodland-pastures for hunting and multi-cropping) of Sapley, Weybridge and Harthay, and additionally present detailed information on other dynamic forest lands throughout the county including woodland-pastures, forest purlieus, afforested woods, groves and fenland.

Jason Peters giving a lecture at Hinchingbrooke House

The Goodliff Award was established in 1996 as a result of the generous bequest of Phyllis Goodliff (1897 – 1993) and is given annually by the Huntingdonshire Local History Society.

Applications are welcome for research into and the promotion of the history of Huntingdonshire (now a district of Cambridgeshire), including individual study and educational projects concerned with local history, and associated publications.