This Project is now complete
The South Oxfordshire Project: perceptions of landscape, settlement and society, c.500-1650
How did ordinary medieval people understand the world around them? To what extent did the landscape in which they lived shape their sense of identity?
The South Oxfordshire Project is an ambitious programme of research on the south Oxfordshire vale and Chilterns covering the early Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. Its objective is to investigate how inhabitants shaped their social world and identity in relation to the places in which they lived. Much has been said about perceptions, but this is the first study to attempt to develop a methodology to tackle the subject in regional landscape history. The research draws on concepts from anthropology and sociology in order to understand contemporaries’ sensory and cognitive engagement with the medieval and early modern environment and the implications of this engagement for the formation of individual and group identities.