Call for papers launched for tercentenary event

Capability Brown conference planned for Hampton Court

Historic Royal Palaces is to hold a conference on Capability Brown at Hampton Court next year, to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth.

The conference, organised in association with the universities of East Anglia, Sheffield and York, will be held on 6 to 8 June 2016 and is entitled ‘Capability Brown Royal Gardener – the man and his business: Past, Present and Future.’ The call for papers has now been issued and the deadline for abstracts is 31 August.

Brown was given a royal appointment at Hampton Court in 1764 and this also enabled him to develop his landscape practice. He lived in Wilderness House and ran his business from there.

The conference is looking to address themes looking at the evolution of the business of landscape gardening, and at the presentation and interpretation of gardens and landscapes designed by Capability Brown and his contemporaries.

Keynote speakers include Dr David Jacques, garden historian and historic consultant, Dr Jan Woudstra, reader in landscape history and theory at the University of Sheffield, Ceryl Evans, who runs the Capability Brown Festival at the Landscape Institute, and Sebastian Edwards of Historic Royal Palaces who is curating an associated exhibition on Capability Brown.

Garden historians, historians and practitioners working in historic gardens are invited to submit proposals for 25 to 35 minute papers to by 31 August. A 100-word biography should accompany the proposal.



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