History of Gardens and Landscapes

Sponsored by the Friends of History of Garden and Landscape Seminar

Venue: Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR, North block, Senate House unless otherwise stated

Time: Thursdays 18:00                                          

Convenors: Michael Ann Mullen, Christine Lalumia (Sotheby's Institute of Art & UCL), David Marsh, Stephen Smith

The History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar provides a forum for historians and researchers, artists, practioners and interested members of the public to explore and discuss issues related to the history, use and meaning of gardens and the designed landscape and their importance in the public realm today.

The seminars are designed to advance knowledge and create discourse across differing but related disciplines, all of which look to gardens, landscapes and their histories as a key focus or inspiration. It aims to explore new ideas, discover new voices and define new approaches to the subject as well as to provide an opportunity to critically explore more traditional approaches and concepts.

It attracts a wide range of professionals including historians, architects, gardeners, horticulturists, planners, geographers, artists and photographers. As a result, new networks are formed leading to cross-fertilization between academic disciplines and a fresh approach to, and constituency for, garden and landscape history.

By acting as a platform for new ideas arising from current academic work and professional practice, the seminars act as an incubator for cutting-edge thought and research and serve as a form of continuing professional development.

Speakers are drawn from throughout Britain and some are invited from abroad. Although speakers are not paid a fee, their travel and other expense are covered.

For enquiries: ihrgardenhistory@gmail.com

Spring Term 2019
DateSeminar details
17 January
Counting the cost of therapeutic landscapes
Clare Hickman (University of Chester)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

31 January
Decline and Fall? the break-up of the great estates and their impact on landscape
Ben Cowell (Historic Houses)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

14 February
RHS Reeves Collection of Chinese botanical watercolours: a story of people and plants in China and Britain in the early nineteenth century
Kate Bailey (Independent Conservation Researcher), Charlotte Brooks (Art Curator RHS Lindley Library)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

28 February
William Lever’s philanthropic landscape project at Port Sunlight
Lizzy Heyward (Port Sunlight Village Trust), Heather McGrath (Port Sunlight Village Trust)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

14 March
‘Chocolate Heaven to Tech Nirvana: corporate landscapes from Bournville to Google’
Helena Chance (Buckinghamshire New University)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR

28 March
‘Money, Morality and Gardens’
Michael Symes (Garden Historian and author)
IHR Wolfson Room NB01, Basement, IHR