Title of the series is ‘Discovering the landscape’

MERL runs lecture series focused on LI archive

MERL, the Museum of English Rural Life (University of Reading) is running a series of seminars in February and March on the subject 'Discovering the Landscape'. This follows the move of the LI's archive to the Special Collection at MERL in 2013 – the lecture series will focus on the collections as well as on the figures and themes that have shaped the English landscape over the past 200 years.

All lectures are on Tuesdays, from 1pm to 2pm. Admission is free. Learn more here.

The series is as follows:

10 February
From garden space to masterplan: The Landscape Institute collections at MERL
Caroline Gould, Deputy University Archivist, University of Reading
Annabel Downs, Chartered Landscape Architect and Registered Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers

17 February
Changing landscapes of farming and estates after the First World War
Jonathan Brown, MERL Honorary Fellow

25 February (please note this is a Wednesday)
Reading Abbey revealed: An update with the architects
Giles Pritchard, Head of Historic Buildings and Conservation, Hampshire County Council
Barnaby Wheeler, Senior Architect, Hampshire County Council

3 March
Gertrude Jekyll: Artist, gardener, craftswoman
Richard Bisgrove, garden historian and former Director of Landscape Management, University of Reading

10 March
All around is Fairy ground: Pleasure and the Regency garden
Professor Timothy Mowl FSA, Professorial Research Fellow in History of Architecture & Designed Landscapes, University of Buckingham

17 March
Order in the landscape: Rediscovering Preben Jakobsen
Karen Fitzsimon, MA Garden History, University of Buckingham; Landscape Architect


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