Sharron Lea: Revolutionary Ramblings

Wednesday 7 May 2014, 5:30-7pm

Admission Free

This talk explores rambling as a revolutionary activity – from class issues to the right to roam. Lea will discuss the history of trespass and civil resistance in the UK through looking at the impact of confrontational and campaign walks, including the greatest ever trespass in April 1932 when over 400 people participated in a mass trespass onto Kinder Scout, a bleak moorland plateau, the highest terrain in the Peak District. This action helped to create the legislation in 1949 establishing the National Parks, and contributed to the development of the Pennine Way and many other long distance footpaths.

Sharron Lea is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University and a walks leader for a various national and local organisations. Her practice includes facilitating participatory photographic and walking projects, including working as a ‘dogsbody’ for Teesdale Search and Mountain Rescue and SARDA, the national Search and Rescue Dog Association.