The British Oak Conference,
The past, present and future for this iconic tree
The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum will be hosting a one-day conference on Friday 19th June, in celebration of the British oak – arguably the most noble of trees. The conference, chaired by Archie Miles, author of The British Oak, features contributions from experts in their fields, plus organisations including TRADA, Sussex Wildlife Trust and English Woodlands Timber.
The conference will focus on four key themes: science, commerce, archaeology and environment. Speakers will examine stories surrounding the oak tree – presenting the facts and latest practices, whilst dispelling the myths.
Conference sessions include:
Delegates are encouraged to peruse a selection of related displays and exhibits during the breaks.
“The Museum is proud to hold this fascinating conference dedicated to Britain’s most iconic tree,” said Diana Rowsell, Head of Learning at the Museum. “Lifelong learning has been at the heart of the Museum’s aims since its founding over 40 years ago. We strive to promote the preservation of buildings of architectural or historic interest, as well as the ancient crafts, trades and manufactures of the Weald & Downland region. The British Oak Conference will celebrate the journey that this marvellous timber has taken through history and examine its future.”
The conference takes place ahead of the Museum’s Wood Show (20-21 June), which celebrates the British woodland, timber extraction, woodworking and timber products. Conference delegates receive complimentary access to the Museum’s Wood Show as part of their delegate fee.
The conference will feature talks on:
The Botany of Oak
John Stokes, Tree Council
Material properties of Oak
Andy Pitman, The Timber Research and Development Association
Dendrochronology and provenancing
Ian Tyers, Dendrochronologist
Growing Oak trees
Neil Humphries, Leconfield Estate
Selling Oak timbers
Tom Compton, English Woodlands
Oak trees before 1200 AD
Damian Goodburn, Archaeologist
How many Oak trees to build Bayleaf?
Joe Thompson, Museum Carpenter-in-residence
The importance of Oak as a habitat
Tony Whitbread, Sussex Wildlife Trust
Threats to the Oak
Dr Sandra Denman, Forest Research
For more details visit: The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
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