A long hot summer revisited: the experiences of the 1975-6 drought in Britain

Date: Wednesday 9 January 2013


Reading Town Hall, Victorian Gallery, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH



Speaker - Dr John Martin, De Montfort University, Research Fellow at the Museum of English Life (MERL), University of Reading.

The international crisis of mid 1970s heralded the end of the world trade boom and stability which had prevailed since the early 1950s. This was accompanied by a prolonged drought between May 1975 to August 1976 which has merited scant attention. The aim of this paper is to address this omission by analysing the causal effects of the international crisis of the mid 1970s, investigating the magnitude of the 1975-6 drought and the way it affected the agricultural sector.

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