Exploring the World of James Herriot with Ian Ashton

Exploring the World of James Herriot with Ian Ashton

April 18, 2022

Tucked away in Thirsk, England is the home of one of the 20th centuries most popular authors James Alfred ‘Alf’ Wight who wrote under the now famous pseudonym James Herriot. On today’s PreserveCast, we’re heading back across the pond to talk with Ian Ashton, the Managing Director of the World of James Herriot to talk about interpreting and preserving the life and legacy of this famed 20th century author.

 Ian Ashton, Managing Director of the multi- award-winning World of James Herriot visitor attraction, set up a private company in 2012 to operate the business previously owned by the District Council .The World of James Herriot is now one of the UK’s major attractions and has been voted by Trip Advisor in the Top 10% of best attractions worldwide and has won many accolades in the UK including “Best Small Visitor Attraction in England “ by Visit England.

The Age of Wood with Roland Ennos

The Age of Wood with Roland Ennos

December 6, 2021

Today we're speaking with Roland Ennos, author of The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization.


As the dominant species on Earth, humans have made astonishing progress since our ancestors came down from the trees. But how did the descendants of small primates manage to walk upright, become top predators, and populate the world? How were humans able to develop civilizations and produce a globalized economy? Now, in The Age of Wood, Roland Ennos shows for the first time that the key to our success has been our relationship with wood.


Roland Ennos is a visiting professor of biological sciences at the University of Hull. He is the author of successful textbooks on plants, biomechanics, and statistics, and his popular book Trees, published by the Natural History Museum, is now in its second edition. He lives in England.

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