Winter Lecture Series 2017-18


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

Doors open 6.30pm for a glass of wine.

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The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EL.

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

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Getting there

Nearest station: Farringdon

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

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9 October

Playgrounds and Beyond How Children have Played their Way through the History of London’s Parks and Gardens

Linden Groves

Children in public open space are often seen as disruptive, but their play has always threaded through the creation and use of our parks and gardens. Fascinated with the way children engage with designed landscapes, Linden Groves teases out stories of play from the past to inform appropriate provision for children today.

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13 November

The Historic Significance of the ‘Vegetative Layer’ in London’s Parks and Gardens

Ed Ikin and Stephen Smith

Threats to garden plantings from pests and diseases, planning decisions, and a lack of awareness of their historic significance have been insufficiently recognized in management plans. Ed Ikin and Stephen Smith will consider two contrasting case studies in London among others elsewhere: Knighton Wood, a lost 19th-century garden in Epping Forest, and Valentine’s Park, a historic landscape now in public ownership.

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11 December

Parsley and Parmesan: the Gardening Experiences of John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys

Margaret Willes

The two great diarists of Restoration England shared an intense curiosity about a range of subjects, including what Evelyn called ‘hortulan affairs’. Margaret Willes is studying their relationship for a forthcoming book.

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08 January

Humphry Repton’s Designs for Kenwood

Emily Parker

Kenwood has one of the most complete of the surviving London designs of Humphry Repton, the bicentenary of whose death falls in 2018. A Red Book survives. Emily Parker's research for English Heritage (custodian of the estate) is expanding and clarifying our knowledge of his intentions.

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12 February

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Polly Putnam

Their Majesty’s Cottage, Kew, built in 1771 for what was then Richmond Gardens, is the earliest example of an ornamental cottage constructed for a garden. It encouraged the fashion for the cottage orné in England, and its setting near the Botanic garden, surrounded by exotic animals, influenced later designers such as Repton. Its restoration will be based on research undertaken by Polly Putnam, curator for Historic Royal Palaces.

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12 March

Preserving London’s Orchard Heritage

Stephanie Irvine

Stephanie Irvine, Restoration Project Manager for the Orchard Trust, will give us an historical perspective on London’s orchards, followed by an overview of the situation today, focusing on the benefits they provide to communities as well as the challenges of managing urban orchards.

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