Tuesday 15th September 2015
The Wessex Portal is an online community, created by the Faculty of Science and Technology at Bournemouth University, in order to promote a better understanding of our region’s unique natural environment and heritage assets without compromising progress.
Originally known as the Poole and Purbeck Portal, the Wessex Portal was created to showcase the outstanding natural beauty with rich biodiversity and important heritage sites within the Wessex region. We publish articles of the most recent research in the region alongside nature and heritage news; job/volunteering opportunities and events going on. By subscribing to the Portal, one can contribute to the site and network with employers, local authorities and key stakeholders.
What does the Wessex Portal cover?
What is technically considered under the region of Wessex is a matter of debate between the Anglo Saxon kingdom of Wessex (and at various points of expansion into the Kingdom of Mercia) and the fictionalised Wessex, as described by Thomas Hardy. The Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Wessex originated from Winchester in South Central England and eventually expanded to cover the entire South West of England. The modern counties included in this Wessex region include all of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Isle of Wight, Devon and Berkshire. Hardy, an English novelist and poet known for works such as “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, created a fictional Wessex, based on the Anglo Saxon Kingdom but expanded to include parts of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. At the Wessex Portal, we have taken the definition of the region to include the Anglo Saxon definition and not the expanded Hardy version.
Staff at the Wessex Portal