Winter Lecture Series 2018-19


All lectures are from 7 to 8pm on a Monday evening.

Doors open 6.30pm for a glass of wine.


The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EL.

(Entrance: through courtyard to far end, down stairs)

Street map

Getting there

Nearest station: Farringdon

Buses: 63 along Farringdon Road, 55 + 243 along Clerkenwell Road.

Booking several lectures?

Season ticket for all six lectures

Postal booking form (in Word format)

11 February

Plant Drawing

Plant Drawings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lynn Parker

Accurate depictions of typical specimens are indispensable for plant recognition, and artists have been employed at Kew ever since Sir Joseph Banks appointed the great Francis Bauer for this purpose in 1790. Other works have been acquired by gift or purchase, and the collection now comprises over 200,000 items. Lynn Parker is Illustrations and Artefacts Curator at Kew.

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11 March

Shirley Wilderness photo

The Shirley Wilderness: An Early Ecological Garden

Jeremy Rye

The Rev. William Wilks (1843-1922), developer of the Shirley Poppy, created a ‘wild’ garden on 2.8 ha. inspired by the writings of William Robinson. His aim was to create a paintable landscape, embellishing heathland and woodland with suitable shrubs and trees of both native and exotic origin. The reintroduction of this landscape poses questions of public access, therapeutic impacts and the essence of wild.

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