Garden Study Days: Morning class at The Institute of Historical Research, followed by an afternoon visit. All three with Letta Jones and bookable on eventbrite by following the links.
8th May : Ashridge https://ashridgestudyday.eventbrite.co.uk
22nd May: Chelsea Physic Garden https://chelseaphysicgarden.eventbrite.co.uk
5th June: Crystal Palace https://crystalpalace.eventbrite.co.uk
Jan -March 2018 Humphry Repton in Context
2018 is the bicentenary of Humphry Repton’s death. Repton has had a mixed critical reaction, especially since he was long overshadowed by Capability Brown in the broad accounts of garden history, but more recently he has begun to emerge as a very significant figure, both theoretically and socially, in his own right. This course running over 11 weeks [its not 12 because Easter is early] aims to put Repton into context and to show him as someone who was very much of his time, capable of responding to changing fashion and taste, but who also knew how to guide his clients.
Normal class meetings will be on Tuesday mornings from 10.30-1.00, but 2 of them are all day, with lectures in the morning and a visit in the afternoon while 2 others are visits out of London and so probably be longer than just the morning.
Jan 9 Humphry Repton and his predecessors. Stephen Smith
Jan 16 Repton, his style and and the economy of estates Stephen Smith
Jan 23 Repton’s life Letta Jones
Jan 30 Repton’s books on gardening. ALL DAY including Visit to the LIndley Library @ Royal Horticultural Society ,80 Vincent Square. 2.30 to 430 voluntary donation of £3. nearest tubes St James Park or Victoria then 10/15 minute walk Letta Jones
6 Feb Repton and his world – Sociability, house and garden visiting David Marsh
13 Feb Visit to Panshanger in Hertfordshire Kate Harwood.
20 Feb Repton and contemporary literature Stephen Smith
27 Feb Visit to Wanstead Sally Jeffery & Stephen Smith Meet at Wanstead Underground Station at 11.00.
6 March Repton in London Susan Jellis & Stephen Smith pm VISIT to Russell Square & St James’s Park
13 March Visit to Kenwood for visit with the Head Gardener. Letta Jones.
20 March Repton’s Legacy Stephen Smith
We often have a waiting list for places on our courses so if you book a place but are unable to use it for any reason, then email us and we will try and resell it if we can. In that case we will be happy to refund your payment less Eventbrite’s fees, otherwise we regret we cannot offer a refund. In the unlikely event of a cancellation of a lecture for any reason we will endeavour to arrange a replacement session as soon as possible.
April & May 2017: A series of 5 park study days.
Sept-Dec 2017: The History of Public Parks
5 PARK STUDY DAYS
We’re running a series of 5 park study days this spring to get you in the mood for next acadamic years courses on the History of Public Parks. You may think you know these places quite well but we guarantee you’ll learn a lot more!
Monday 3rd April – Kensington Gardens – Letta Jones
Monday 10th April – Brompton Cemetery – Letta Jones
Monday 24th April – The Hill & The Pergola, Hampstead Heath – Letta Jones
Monday 8th May – Wanstead and Valentines – Stephen Smith
Monday 22nd May – The Gardens of the City of London – Stephen Smith
Each day will start with a classroom based session on the park, its history and planting at the IHR from 10.30-1.00. Coffee/tea and light refreshments are available in the IHR Common Room but only after 10.30. The small coffee stall in South Block of Senate House [at the opposite end of the entrance hall to the IHR] is open earlier and you’re welcome to bring a drink into the class with you.
After lunch [not provided, so bring a picnic or get something en route or when you arrive at the park itself – but be warned there are no facilities at Brompton, The Hil or Wanstead] there will be a guided tour of the park.
Transport is not provided but all the sites are easily accessible by public transport and full directions will be given. The afternoon visit will go ahead whatever the weather – so come prepared!
As usual the group will be small [max size 16] with lively illustrated lectures, opportunities for discussion and further personal reading & research suggestions if you wish.
Each study day will be £34 but although each is ‘contained’ and not necessarily dependent on the others, we are offering them initially at a group discount price of £145, a saving of £25 over the £170 cost of 5 individual tickets. Individual tickets will not be available until March 1st, and then only if we have not sold all 16 places.
We often have a waiting list for places on our courses so if you book a place, but are unable to use it for any reason, then either find a friend who’d like to come [and tell us!] or email us and we will try and resell it if we can. In that’s possible then we will be happy to refund your payment less Eventbrite’s fees, otherwise we regret we cannot offer a refund. In the unlikely event of a cancellation of a lecture for any reason we will endeavour to arrange a replacement session as soon as possible.
BOOKING at https://parkstudydays.eventbrite.co.uk
THE HISTORY OF PUBLIC PARKS
We are pleased to offer the next of our series of more specialised courses for those who want to explore garden history in greater depth. It will based at the Institute of Historical Research in Bloomsbury, which is the world’s leading centre for research into all aspects of History, and runs the country’s only MA course in Garden History.
This term will look at the history of places deliberately designed as parks or other public open spaces. From the earliest parks in London and cities like Exeter laid out in the early 17thc, to the development of the square and the rise of the municipal park via the Prince Regent’s attempts to become a property magnate, the term ends with an exploration of the seaside park. In the spring term of 2018 we will continue the same theme, particularly investigating those places which have been converted from private gardens or estates into public parks, and also looking at the rise and decline of municipal parks departments etc.
Normal class meetings will be on Tuesday mornings from 10.30-1.00, but 4 of them are all day. [2 have lectures in the morning and a visit in the afternoon while 2 are all day visits out of London]. The course fee is £245 [plus Eventbrite’s booking fee] but please note that that does not include transport or admission fees for the visits. This allows you the flexibility of making your own travel arrangements, and taking advantage of concessionary prices where appropriate. Please note that we have been told that room rates at the IHR are likely to increase next autumn. Should this be a small rise we will obviously absorb the cost but if by any chance the room rates rises substantially we may have to ask for a small increase in the course fee to cover additional costs. In that case we will of course be happy to refund you if you prefer not to pay any such surcharge.
We often have a waiting list for places so if you book a place but are unable to use it for any reason, then email us and we will try and resell it if we can. In that case we will be happy to refund your payment less Eventbrite’s fees, otherwise we regret we cannot offer a refund. In the unlikely event of a cancellation of a lecture for any reason we will endeavour to arrange a replacement session as soon as possible.
The course tutors will be Letta Jones, M.A., Stephen Smith, M.A., and Dr David Marsh.
Classes will be small [max size 16] with lively illustrated lectures, opportunities for discussion and further personal reading & research suggestions if you wish.
19 Sept – An overview of the history of parks and public open spaces in Britain – David
26 Sept – The open spaces and parks of early modern London – David
3 Oct – Walking tour of some of the surviving open spaces of early modern London – David
10 Oct – morning: The Rise of the Garden Square –
afternoon: VISIT to Brunswick and Mecklenburgh Squares – Stephen
17 Oct – The History of Regents Park – Letta
24 Oct – VISIT to Regents Park – Letta
31 Oct – John Claudius Loudon and the “invention” of the Public Park – Stephen
7 Nov – Derby Arboretum – All Day Visit – Stephen
14 Nov – morning: The Victorian Public Park
afyernoon VISIT to Battersea Park – Letta
21 Nov – Visit to Crystal Palace – Letta
28 Nov – Seaside Parks – Stephen
5 Dec – ALL DAY visit to Folkestone – Stephen
BOOKING at: https://publicparks.eventbrite.co.uk