I started as REF Manager for the Faculty of Science in November 2017. Prior to this appointment I held a series of research positions at the University of Nottingham and the University of Liverpool. My research was in the field of historical geography, and most recently explored the history of extreme weather events in the UK through narrative archival sources. Many of the outputs from my research have been public-facing, including exhibitions, an online database, audio walk, film, and other digital resources, as well as written publications for general audiences and traditional academic journal papers. I completed my PhD in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham in 2010.
From December 2013 until October 2017 my research explored extreme weather events in the UK from c. 1700 to the present day, using information from archival sources and oral histories. The research… read more
VEALE, LUCY and ENDFIELD, GEORGINA, 2016. Situating 1816, the ‘year without summer’, in the UK The Geographical Journal. 182(4), 318-330
VEALE, L, ENDFIELD, G.H and NAYLOR, S.K, 2014. Knowing Weather in Place: The Helm Wind of Cross Fell Journal of Historical Geography. 45, 25-37
From December 2013 until October 2017 my research explored extreme weather events in the UK from c. 1700 to the present day, using information from archival sources and oral histories. The research was part of the project Spaces of experience and horizons of expectation: the implications of extreme weather events, past, present and future, funded by AHRC. The project was led by Professor Georgina Endfield and also involved researchers at the University of Liverpool, University of Aberystwyth and University of Glasgow.
Together, we created an extensive public database of historical extreme weather in the UK (TEMPEST), and by the project's conclusion will have produced the first multi-regional climate history of the UK. As well as compiling the chronology of extreme weather we exploring the impacts that the events had, the human responses to them, and the ways that they have subsequently been remembered (or forgotten).
My responsibilities involved the collection of archival information, data entry and analysis, and the maintenance of the project website and blog.
Prior to the Weather Extremes research I worked on two AHRC funded projects:
- Bringing landscape to life: Environmental histories at Sheringham Park, 1812-2012 (March - August 2012)
This short project was funded under the 'Care for the Future' theme through the call for 'Enhancing the Role of Arts and Humanities Perspectives on Environmental Values and Change' and was led by Professor Stephen Daniels. My position involved undertaking archival research on Sheringham Park in north Norfolk (a property of National Trust), and on the landscape gardener Humphry Repton (1752-1818), which was then translated into a new exhibition at the Visitor Centre at Sheringham Park. The aim of the exhibition and the wider project was to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the design for Sheringham Park by Humphry Repton in 2012, and to raise Repton's profile at Sheringham.The exhibition originally ran between August 2012 and August 2013 but is still open in the Visitor Centre. A funded extension to the project enabled us to produce some complimentary web-based resources on Humphry Repton and the Sheringham commission (www.nationaltrust.org/sheringham-park). The project emerged through previous collaborative work with National Trust as part of the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme.
Over the summer of 2013 I worked on a related collaborative project funded by AHRC which connected 'Bringing Landscape to Life' with 'The Invisible College' project at the University of Glasgow and looked at the history of landscaped estates of the 1800s through exchange visits to Sheringham Park and the Kilmahew Estate in Scotland.
- Weather walks, weather talks: exploring popular climate histories and futures (September 2012 - May 2013)
My research for this project was focused upon the English climatologist Gordon Manley (1902-1980). The project was funded under the 'Care for the Future' theme through the call for 'Enhancing the Role of Arts and Humanities Perspectives on Environmental Values and Change' and was led by Professor Georgina Endfield. My role was to undertake research into Gordon Manley's archives to develop a 'weather walk' based on Manley's interest in historical climate changes and cultural interpretations of weather. This 'weather walk', located at Great Dun Fell in the north Pennines, is available to download as part of the RGS-IBG Discovering Britain project: http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/north-west-england/great-dun-fell.html
Through the latter half of 2013 I also worked on the development and evidencing of the School's Impact Case Studies in preparation for REF 2014.
Between February 2011 and February 2012 I was employed as Research Fellow on the Landscape and Environment Programme's Impact Fellowship. The Landscape and Environment Programme was a thematic, multidisciplinary programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Its aim was to develop arts and humanities understandings of landscape and environment in distinctive, innovative and engaging ways through research projects of the highest quality and international significance.My main responsibilities were to:
- Collect and analyse information and material for a book (published 2015) and website (www.landscape.ac.uk).
- Review relevant literature on landscape and environment and public engagement..
- Help plan, organize and facilitate workshop events.
- Liaise with fellowship partners in stakeholder organisations.
- Use initiative and creativity in research.
- Prepare case studies.
- Play an active role in the presentation and dissemination of research, particularly in the production of a film, toolkit and artwork commission.
For more details please see the Landscape and Environment Programme website: www.landscape.co.uk
Before this I completed a post-doctoral bursary project in association with Renaissance East Midlands and the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Nottingham looking into 'Representations of Climate Change in Local Museum Collections' (June 2010 - February 2011). This was a MuBu (Museum Buddies) project where the aim was to create new connections between museums and communities in the East Midlands through an exploration of collections that can tell us something about climatic change (weather recording instruments, weather diaries, natural history collections, archaeology etc). The focus for research was on local and amateur attempts to record, predict and understand weather and climate, and on personal responses and management strategies employed as a result of climatic change and the occurrence of extreme weather events. The project emphasised the use of social media, the main outcome of the project being a mixed-media digital resource.
I completed my AHRC funded doctorate in the School of Geography at Nottingham in 2010. My thesis was titled 'An Historical Geography of the Nilgiri Cinchona Plantations, 1860-1900' and looked at the history of the British experiment to establish quinine-yielding cinchona plantations in British India. I am currently working on developing the thesis into a number of publications. I also completed undergraduate (BSc Geography) and postgraduate (MSc Environmental History) degrees in the School of Geography at Nottingham.