Volunteering and place-belonging: the case of historical and environmental interest groups in the National Forest

Towns, Felicity (2014) Volunteering and place-belonging: the case of historical and environmental interest groups in the National Forest. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

This thesis investigates volunteering and place-belonging amongst historical and environmental interest groups in The National Forest. With the main focus on the nature of environmental and local historical interest groups, the volunteers who are involved with these groups and their senses of belonging and relationships with place.

Based on a review of 59 environmental and historical interest groups, 41 interviews, seven ethnographic participations and consideration of various group documents this study investigates the composition of these environmental groups, the volunteers who choose to be involved with these groups and their senses of belonging and relationships with the changing places they are active within.

The geographical study area focuses on a specific place which has recently undergone significant landscape changes in relation to the designation of the area as The National Forest. Within The National Forest there are a number of voluntary environmental and historical interest groups operating, which have, through the nature of their interests, developed particular relationships with places.

This thesis is based within the wider context of environmental and historical interest volunteering. The groups considered are centred round often interrelated local historical and environmental interests, involving active volunteering in and around the area designated as The National Forest.

The scene is set for this research with a critical review of literature relating to volunteering, relationships with place and the development of voluntary environmental and historical interests.

In my E-thesis the following images have been blocked out as I was unable to gain authorisation for copyright:

•Figure 4.21: Derbyshire Mammal Group Online Record Form

•Figure 4.22: Burton and South Derbyshire RSPB Local Group Online Quiz

•Figure 4.26a Front Cover of ‘Out of the Dark’ book

•Figure 4.26b: Front Cover of ‘Into the Light’ book

•Figure 4.28: Willington Gravel Pits

•Figure 4.33: Front Cover of Eureka Park Heritage Booklet

•Figure 4.35: Extract from Billhooks and Biscuits, August 2005

•Figure 6.3: Willington Old School

•Figure 6.8: Measham Museum

•Figure 6.9: Hough Windmill, Swannington c1930

•Figure 6.10: Hough Windmill, Swannington before the Swannington Heritage Trust began restoration, 1994

•Figure 6.11: Hough Windmill, Swannington after restoration, 2002

•Figure 6.12: Sence Valley before Restoration

•Figure 6.16: The Bull’s Head Pub, Rosliston

•Figure 6.19: Gresley Old Hall

•Figure 6.21: Caldey Hill Colliery

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Seymour, S.M.
Watkins, C.
Keywords: volunteers, historical groups, environmental groups, National Forest
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Geography
Item ID: 28242
Depositing User: Hatton, Mrs Kirsty
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 14:35
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28242

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