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Garden History in 10 Objects –  Central London, Saturday 22nd September 2018

A one day ‘taster’ interactive course to explore the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll  investigate them in context to show how the styles and fashions change. There will an illustrated talk on the social history of gardening through the ages which will look at the role of plants, sculpture and garden buildings as well as some of the key people involved. Later there will be a look at a famous Elizabethan Herbal, a visit to Brunswick Square to hear about its history and the challenges facing its future, and some strange things you might find at the back of the garden shed.   If you are interested in history, gardens, or plants then this is a day for you.

More details and booking at:    https://10objects.eventbrite.co.uk

Garden History in 10 Objects at Weald and Down Museum, Sussex – 19th October 2018

A one day ‘taster’ interactive course to explore the diversity and depth of garden history. You’ll get a chance to examine and ask questions about a range of objects connected with the history of gardens and then we’ll  investigate them in context to show how the styles and fashions change. There will an illustrated talk on the social history of gardening through the ages which will look at the role of plants, sculpture and garden buildings as well as some of the key people involved. Later, a case study presentation on the history and restoration of Gilbert White’s garden, and a guided walk with Carlotta Holt, Museum Gardener to see the historically inspired planting around the Bayleaf and other areas of the Museum site . This tour will make the importance of gardens past and present come alive. The Museum offers an exceptional venue to study gardens in and outside the classroom. If you are interested in history, gardens, or plants then this is a day for you.

More details and booking at:

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/courses/garden-history-10-objects/

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 Thursday mornings 10.30-1.00 + 2 Thursday afternoons and 1 Sunday  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.

Full programme and booking details are at:

https://reptonincontext2.eventbrite.co.uk

Plants in Garden History -part 1

SORRY SOLD OUT but feel free to sign up for the waiting list on eventbrite

This course looks at early plant hunters and collectors and the way their introductions changed our gardens and domestic interiors. It runs for  12 Tuesdays from 18th September to December 4th, Institute of Historical Research, University of London £265 [+ booking fee] normally 10.30-1.00 but with 2 all day visits, one to the little-known Oxford Herbarium which dates back to the early 17thc, and the other behind the scenes in the amazing conservation glasshouses at Kew.

https://plants1.eventbrite.co.uk

FUTURE COURSES

We’re going to be running a 6 week introductory course on Garden History at Bristol Botanic Gardens starting in November. More details to follow soon.

A new 6 week Introduction to Garden History course is also being planned for the Spring of 2019.  Details will be announced shortly.

PREVIOUS COURSES

Jan -March 2018      Humphry Repton in Context

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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.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME.
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

 

 

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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

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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.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

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

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