The landscapes we see today are the result of the interaction of humans and nature. Natural environments have been modified by the cultural activities of people, and each generation has changed the landscape, leaving its own marks superimposed on what went before. These marks include features such as boundaries, routeways and buildings. Even small features, such as the doorway of Kilpeck church in Herefordshire, shown here, can provide evidence of how people used the landscape or thought about their place in it.
Landscapes can be interpreted in many different ways, and the examples below are intended to give a sense of this diversity. Although each has been assigned to a particular theme that reflects a dominant influence, for example settlement or communication, most landscapes have been affected by a range of different factors. The examples range from regional landscapes to smaller features, while some extend beyond a single locality, and not all are from the UK. Each includes links to further information, including papers from our journal, Landscape History.
At intervals more landscapes will be added to this collection.