About Us

Eric Jones and Patrick Dillon are landscape historians who have worked together for many years. Anna Dillon is a landscape painter who lives close to the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire.


Eric Jones

Economic Historian

Eric Jones is an economic historian who has held teaching and research posts in several universities (including Oxford and Reading), distinguished professorships at Osaka Gakuin (Japan), Manchester and Yale, and membership of institutes of advanced study in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States. He has published extensively on the history of agriculture, economic development, the natural environment and the deindustrialisation of Southern England.

Anna Dillon

Anna Dillon

Landscape Artist

Anna was born in the market town of Wallingford (then Berkshire) in 1972 and spent the first few years of her life near Avebury in Wiltshire. She walked The Ridgeway in 2009 over a period of 12 months and documented each section of the journey with a short diary and photographs. This walk inspired her to create 24 oil paintings which highlight the unique qualities of the countryside along the track, starting at Overton Hill and finishing at Ivinghoe Beacon.

Patrick Dillon

Patrick Dillon

Cultural Ecologist

Patrick Dillon is a cultural ecologist who is interested in the interplay between how people experience the world and how they come to understand it. He has professorial positions at the Universities of Eastern Finland and Exeter. Patrick has spent much of his life living and working round about Ridgeway country and for many years taught landscape studies and ecology at the University of Reading.