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CANCELLED – Five Rivers Festival: River Talks

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River Talks

On Ashley Green, there will be three unique, 45 minute River Talks in our Talk Tent covering a variety of topics relating to the importance of Salisbury’s five rivers within the history of the local landscape.

11.30 Formation of the Old Sarum Site & Landscape over 3 Millennia

Dr Kristian Strutt, from Southampton University, is a highly respected specialist in archaeological mapping and geophysical surveying. He and Prof Alex Langlands of Swansea University have been working together on The Old Sarum Landscapes Project. Kristian will be talking in detail about how the Old Sarum site and landscape has developed over the past 3,000 years.

Kristian will also be doing a Walk & Talk on the same subject up the Boardwalk at 12.30.

1pm Economic Influence of our Five Rivers

Hadrian Cook, a local Salisbury resident, is known for his work with the Harnham Water Meadows Trust. Hadrian will talk about how our five rivers have influenced the development of the local area from an economic point of view (such as the importance of the mills).

Hadrian will also be giving a Walk & Talk on river conservation, ecology and natural habitat up the Boardwalk at 11.30.

12 noon & 2pm Influence on Human History of our Five Rivers

Dr Antony Firth, living in nearby Tisbury, is a well known archaeologist specialising in marine, coastal and inland waters. Anthony will be giving two talks in the Talk Tent about the influence that our fiver rivers have had on the human side of the development of the local area.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I reserve places in advance?

Sorry, you can’t book in advance, however you can book on the day.

How do I book a place on the day?

Please register at the Talk Tent at least 15 minutes before the Talk. Please ensure you are seated in plenty of time for the Talk to start.

Where will the Talks take place?

The Talks will take place on Ashley Green – the Talk Tent will be suitably signposted.

Where should I park?

Please park on Ashley Green, following the direction of the marshals.