The Friends of the Landscape Library and Archive at Reading will meet on 1 April

MERL Reading
The event will take place at MERL in Reading, which houses the LI archive

The subject of the seminar at this year’s FOLAR AGM will be ‘Landscape architecture and management education in the UK: past present and future’. The event will take place at MERL (Museum of English Rural Life) at Reading University, home to the LI Archive, on Saturday 1 April, from 10am to 4pm.

The seminar will deal with the origins and history of landscape architecture and management education in the UK, past, present and the future. Speakers will include Guy Baxter, the University of Reading archivist, on the history of the first landscape architecture course in the UK, run at Reading from 1930 to 1959.

Then Jan Woudstra will survey the origins and growth of landscape courses nationally. Richard Bisgrove will outline the story of the BSc in landscape management at Reading (1986-2010). Finally, Robert Holden (formerly University of Greenwich) will review current trends, speculate about the future and in particular look to the past to see lessons that can be applied today. The chair will be John Stuart-Murray of the University of Edinburgh.

The AGM runs from 10.30am-12.00pm, and all (members and non members) are welcome from 10am onwards. Lunch will be from 12-12.30pm and the afternoon seminar will run from 12.30pm-4pm. Duplicate books from the LI collection will be on sale.

The cost for FOLAR members is £15, including lunch (a £35 payment on the day would include FOLAR membership renewal). For non-members the cost of the seminar, including lunch, is £25. More information and the booking form can be found on the FOLAR website.

MERL is in the centre of Reading. Directions are available here.

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