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A land drained, a nation fed: the Fens since 1600

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Today's Fenland landscape is essentially the creation of the past 400 years. Gravity drainage in the 17th century was succeeded by windmills in the 18th, steam in the 19th and diesel and electric power in the 20th. The efforts of successive generations created the geometrical landscape we see today, which has a rich hidden complexity, and throughout the period agriculture has adapted.

This talk with local historian Tony Kirby, explores these changes, what the Fens have produced in the past and today (30% of our green vegetables, 20% of our potatoes, sugar beet, flowers and bulbs) and how the region has supplied national markets, with special attention to the role of the railways in this.

This event will premier at 11am on the 18th September. It will then be available to watch again online for the duration of the festival.
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