Projects per year
Key Research Interests
Landscape history; landscape archaeology; the history of garden design; environmental history; and agricultural history. Chronologically, I range from the Iron Age to the nineteenth century. Much of my work has focused on East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, but I research aspects of rural landscapes in England more generally. I have a particular interest in the origins and development of systems of territorial organisation in early England; the history of trees and woodlands; medieval field systems and settlement patterns; post-medieval estate landscapes and agricultural ‘improvement’; and designed landscapes of the eighteenth century. I am co-founder and co-editor of the journal Rural History.
Areas of Expertise
English landscape history; East Anglian history; garden history
Tom Williamson is a landscape historian and landscape archaeologist with wide-ranging interests. His recent research projects have included a GIS-aided study of Agriculture and the Landscape in Midland England, funded by the AHRC; and investigations of the history of tree populations and tree disease in England since 1600, funded by the AHRC, DEFRA, and the Woodland Trust. He currently leads an HLF-funded project studying the history and ecology of orchards in eastern England (‘Orchards East’); and works with Chris Scull and others on a study of the important Anglo-Saxon site at Rendlesham in Suffolk, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He also researches designed landscapes, especially parks and gardens of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and is currently involved with the Gardens Trusts of Hertfordshire and Norfolk in researching the work of the designer Humphry Repton in these two counties. He teaches courses on landscape history at undergraduate and MA level, and supervises MPhil and PhD students researching a variety of subjects related to landscape history, agricultural history, and the history of landscape design.
Settlement Change and Climatic Fluctuations in the East Anglian Breckland
1/10/20 → 30/09/23
Lordship and Landscape in East Anglia AD 400-800
Scull, C., Williamson, T. & Allen, M.
1/11/17 → 30/04/21
Orchards East (Full)
Williamson, T., Burgess, R. & Barnes, G.
1/03/17 → 30/09/21
Orchards East - Development Phase
1/07/16 → 30/06/19
Breaking New Ground Project
Gregory, J., Spooner, S. & Williamson, T.
1/05/15 → 30/04/17
The Natural Character of Ancient WoodlandWilliamson, T., Mar 2023, Ancient Woods, Trees and Forests: Ecology, History and Management. Çolak, A., Kirka, S. & Rotherham, I. D. (eds.). Pelagic Publishing, p. 414-432 19 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Agriculture, Lords and Landscape in Medieval EnglandWilliamson, T., 1 Nov 2022, New Perspectives on the Medieval ‘Agricultural Revolution’: Crop, Stock and Furrow. Hamerow, H. & McKerracher, M. (eds.). Liverpool University Press, p. 211-234
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen Access
English Orchards: A Landscape HistoryBarnes, G. & Williamson, T., 2022, Oxford: Windgather Press. 224 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Founders: Christopher TaylorEverson, P., Stamper, P., Williamson, T. & Fairclough, G., Feb 2022, In: Landscapes. 22, 1, p. 80-96 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
Response to Oliver Cox, 'A Mistaken Iconography? Eighteenth-Century Visitors' Accounts of Stourhead'Williamson, T., 2022, In: Garden History. 50, Supplement, p. 283-289
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)