Monday, 21 July 2014

Conference Report: World Congress of Environmental History

Earlier this month (from 7th to 14th July) a diverse range of researchers from all over the globe met in the "birthplace of Portugal," the city of Guimarães, for the Second World Congress of Environmental History. Five years on from the first congress held in Copenhagen, the scale and scope of the programme promised a lively mixture of learning, debate, discussion and reflection upon a staggering array of environmental history related subjects.

Looking down from Mount Penha to the south of Guimarães
Arriving a day early gave me time to not only explore the wonderful old town of Guimarães (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) and to take a cable car up to the overlooking Mount Penha, but also to get to grips with the sprawling and diverse conference programme. With over 40 nationalities represented at the conference and with up to ten parallel sessions running at any one time there was far too much going on for me to give a detailed write-up here. Instead, I'd like to reflect a little on some of the trends and themes evident during the week.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Going Public: the emergence of Met Office public and commercial weather services post-1945

Below is the audio recording and accompanying slides from a recent seminar that I gave at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter on 24th March, 2014. The talk was an interesting opportunity for me to speak about the history of the organisation and its involvement with public and commercial weather services, to staff working in similar roles today.

I am currently developing some of the content of this presentation into a paper for publication in an academic journal, so if you have any feedback please do leave a comment or get in touch.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Workshop Report: From Climate Science to Climate Services for Society

A couple of weeks ago (3rd - 6th March 2014) a diverse group of early career researchers, all interested in climatological services, met at the Townhouse Hotel in Cape Town for the British Council Researcher Links workshop, From Climate Science to Climate Services for Society. Kindly sponsored by the South African office of the British Council, and organised by Jane Strachan (Met Office) and Chris Reason (University of Cape Town) the meeting aimed, to bring together researchers from South Africa and the UK, to explore how knowledge exchange and collaboration across nations, research areas, and with end-users can bring valuable insight and drive innovative development of useful climate science and services.

The workshop programme promised a varied and interactive schedule, welcome in breaking up the monotony of 'the we talk you listen' format favoured by so many academic events. Wasting no time in getting us out of our seats, the organisers began with an ice-breaker exercise that got everyone discussing their research interests with each other, followed by the collective setting of aims and objectives for the week ahead.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Snow Scenes: online gallery of exhibition images

*** This post originally appeared on the Snow Scenes project blog ***

Previously I posted about the collection of digital composite images that I've created as part of the Snow Scenes project. The images, all created from photographs held in the archives at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry merged with their modern day locations, are now available for online viewing in the gallery below.

Currently on display in the Coffee House Exhibition space at the museum until 22nd March 2014, the images are all currently available to purchase, with fifty percent of sales going to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. If you can’t make the exhibition in Kendal and are interested in purchasing one, please contact me at: alexanderfrederickhall[at]gmail[dot]com.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Bringing archival images to life

*** This post originally appeared on the Snow Scenes project blog ***

Alongside collecting all of our participants’ written and oral memories relating to snow and winters past in Cumbria, the Snow Scenes team have been busy exploring how these memories relate and connect to archival records. It was whilst conducting part of this archival research that I came across the Cumbrian photographer Joseph Hardman and his amazing collection of Lakeland photography held at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (MOLLI).