Heart of Oak: the naval timber crisis in the reign of George IIItalk by Gale Gould
In The Langstone Room
During the eighteenth century there was a belief that Britain was suffering `a great Scarcity of Timber’ and more particularly `that Sort of which our ships are
constructed’. This led to proposals for parts of the New Forest to be enclosed and the remainder to be ‘disposed of by public sale’. But was this modern history’s
first instance of `fake news’?
This illustrated talk by Gale Gould from the University of Southampton reveals how close the New Forest came to being lost to future generations.