A celebration of the life and works of Professor Alun Howkins (1947-2018)

British Agricultural History Society Winter Conference: A one-day conference at the Institute of Education celebrating the life and work of Alun Howkins

When: Saturday 7th December 2019

Where: 20 Bedford Way, London

Programme featuring…

Carl Griffin                  Reading protest: our window on rural workers’ worlds in the 18th and 19th centuries

Vic Gammon               “… anything which strikes a musician’s fancy”: Alun Howkins, song and history

Sarah Holland            Psychiatry and farming: labouring life on asylum and hospital farms, c. 1850-1950

Sue Bradley               Oral history: it’s place, significance and value in, to and for rural and agricultural history

Plus a roundtable discussion led by Karen Sayer, Nicola Verdon and Clare Griffiths

More information and registration at https://www.bahs.org.uk/Winter_Conference.html


  1. So sorry to hear this news about Alun. He was my tutor at Sussex Uni and we had a bond in that we had both been students at Ruskin College. He was friendly, warm, full of naughty fun stories, characterful and smart and a real inspiration to generations of students. Some of the light went out of him after the death of one of his sons and, again we had a bond as i had lost a brother so knew something of that loss. He was a special man.

  2. I had not heard. I live in Shetland, and got to know Alun when I went to the University of Sussex, as a mature student in 1977. He was a really good fellow, and treated me very kindly while i found my feet. Sorry I did not make an effort to track him down earlier, I would have loved a yarn

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