Thursday 2 February 2012
150 people packed into the Green Park conference centre near Aston Clinton on 28th January to hear all about the latest research into the history of Chilterns' commons.
Commonland has been at the heart of many local communities since before medieval times and has given rise to many ancient traditions and rights. Graham Bathe of the Foundation for Common Land provided fascinating detail on how commoners' rights, such as grazing livestock, collecting wood and cutting peat on commons, came about. Dr Jill Eyers of Chiltern Archaeology took the audience even further back in time as she described the evidence of ancient peoples, going back to the Neanderthals, that's been found on local commons.
The 'Our Common History' conference is the first major event organised by the Chilterns Conservation Board's four-year Chilterns Commons Project. Its aim was to inspire volunteers to get stuck into researching the history of commons in this area, and the Project is offering lots of ideas and support to anyone who wants to get involved. The plan is to hold another history conference in 2015 at the end of the Project to showcase everything that's been discovered.
All the presentations and details of how to get involved in history projects can be found in the Commons Project pages.