Biography

Tom Williamson is a landscape historian and landscape archaeologist with wide-ranging interests. His recent research projects have included a GIS-aided study of Agriculture and the Landscape in Midland England, funded by the AHRC; and investigations of the history of tree populations and tree disease in England since 1600, funded by the AHRC, DEFRA, and the Woodland Trust.  He currently leads an HLF-funded project studying the history and ecology of orchards in eastern England (‘Orchards East’); and works with Chris Scull and others on a study of the important Anglo-Saxon site at Rendlesham in Suffolk, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He also researches designed landscapes, especially parks and gardens of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and is currently involved with the Gardens Trusts of Hertfordshire and Norfolk in researching the work of the designer Humphry Repton in these two counties. He teaches courses on landscape history at undergraduate and MA level, and supervises MPhil and PhD students researching a variety of subjects related to landscape history, agricultural history, and the history of landscape design. 

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Dolman, P., Williamson, T., Fuller, R., Barnes, G.

(2017)

What does ‘traditional’ management really mean?,

in British Wildlife

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Williamson, T., Barnes, G., Pillatt, T.

(2017)

Trees in England: Management and disease since 1600,

University of Hertfordshire Press

ISBN 978-1-909291-96-6

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Williamson, T.

(2017)

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: The long-term aesthetics of woodland in England,

in A History of Groves.

Routledge

pp. 34-53

ISBN 9781138674806

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Williamson, T.

(2017)

Grass, Wood and Water: approaches to the ecology of Brown's landscapes,

in What did Capability Brown do for Ecology? : The Legacy for Biodiversity, Landscapes and Nature Conservation.

Wildtrack Publishing

pp. 141-166

ISBN 978-1-904098-65-2

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Fuller, R. J., Williamson, T., Barnes, G., Dolman, P. M.

(2017)

Human activities and biodiversity opportunities in pre-industrial cultural landscapes: relevance to conservation,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

54

(2)

pp. 459–469

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

Lancelot Brown and Local History,

in The Local Historian

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pp. 266-283

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

Introducing Lancelot Brown,

in Capability Brown in Norfolk.

Norfolk Gardens Trust

pp. 1-20

ISBN 978 0 9556728 5 9

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

Other Norfolk parks associated with Brown,

in Capability Brown in Norfolk .

Norfolk Gardens Trust

pp. 141-158

ISBN 978 0 9556728 5 0

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

Eighteenth-century parks in Norfolk: the wider legacy,

in Capability Brown in Norfolk.

Norfolk Gardens Trust

pp. 159-166

ISBN 978 0 9556728 5 9

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Barnes, G., Pillatt, T., Williamson, T.

(2016)

Rural Tree Populations in England: Historic Character and Future Planting Policy,

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Brown, D., Williamson, T.

(2016)

Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men: Landscape revolution in eighteenth-century England,

Reaktion Books

ISBN 9781780236445

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

The Ancient Origins of Medieval Fields: A Reassessment,

in The Archaeological Journal

173

(2)

pp. 264-287

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

Where we are with Wood-Pasture: Two Recent Books and the Current State of Research,

in Landscapes

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pp. 82-88

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Williamson, T.

(2016)

Joan Thirsk and 'The Common Fields',

in Farmers, Consumers, Innovators : The world of Joan Thirsk.

University of Hertfordshire Press

pp. 35-48

ISBN 978 1 909291 56 0

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Williamson, T., Ringwood, I., Spooner, S.

(2015)

The Lost Country Houses of Norfolk,

Boydell Press

ISBN 1783270721

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Stamper, P., Marren, P., Williamson, T., Rotherham, I., Hooke, D.

(2015)

Founders: Oliver Rackham,

in Landscapes

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pp. 182-192

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Barnes, G., Williamson, T.

(2015)

Rethinking Ancient Woodland: the archaeology and history of woods in Norfolk,

University of Hertfordshire Press

ISBN 978-1-909291-58-4

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Dallas, P., Barnes, G., Williamson, T.

(2015)

Orchards in the landscape: a Norfolk case study,

in Landscapes

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pp. 26-43

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Macnair, A., Rowe, A., Williamson, T.

(2015)

Dury and Andrews' Map of Hertfordshire: Society and Landscape in the Eighteenth Century,

Windgather Press

ISBN 9781909686731

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Williamson, T.

(2015)

The fields of Hertfordshire: archaeological, documentary and topographic investigations,

in Archaeology in Hertfordshire : recent research.

University of Hertfordshire Press

pp. 275-301

ISBN 978-1-909291-42-3

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Key Research Interests

Landscape history; landscape archaeology; the history of garden design; environmental history; and agricultural history. Chronologically, I range from the Iron Age to the nineteenth century. Much of my work has focused on East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, but I research aspects of rural landscapes in England more generally. I have a particular interest in the origins and development of systems of territorial organisation in early England; the history of trees and woodlands; medieval field systems and settlement patterns; post-medieval estate landscapes and agricultural ‘improvement’; and designed landscapes of the eighteenth century. I am co-founder and co-editor of the journal Rural History.