The records of the land utilisation surveys of Britain

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    Abstract

    We were asked to investigate the potential for bringing together the records of the different land utilisation surveys in a single study centre. This is clearly impossible precisely because the records of the Stamp survey are all held by several different professionally-run libraries and archives who all expect to retain the records they currently hold. Overall, a remarkably high proportion of all the working papers of the original Land Utilisation Survey of Great Britain have survived, and while there is little prospect of their being assembled in one place, in general we have few concerns about their future. Our greatest concern is for the records of the Second Land Utilisation Survey. These include over 6,000 field survey sheets which comprise clearly the most detailed survey of Britain’s land use ever undertaken. The only copy of this information is held by privately by the creator. We are confident that the records are well organised and well cared for, but there must for example be some risk of catastrophic damage through fire.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationPortsmouth
    PublisherUniversity of Portsmouth
    Number of pages63
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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