2016/17 Lecture Season


THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER 2016

A Bitter-Sweet Heritage? Sugar, Slavery and the 18th Century British Landscape.

By Dr. Victoria Perry

Victoria Perry
Victoria Perry

Victoria Perry is an architect, historian and associate with DIA Historic Building Consultancy (part of Donald Insall Associates) and also a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she completed her RIBA award winning doctorate in 2010.  She has spoken extensively about her research on the links between the eighteenth century Caribbean and British architecture and landscape in Britain, the USA, the Caribbean ad India.

This talk will give some historical context to Capability Brown’s landscape transformations by looking more closely at the economics of 18th century British landownership. Architect and historian Dr Victoria Perry will show how large profits from the eighteenth century Atlantic trade in plantation-grown products (such as sugar and tobacco) were used to fund the transformation of British farmland into ‘natural-style’ landscapes.

The talk will also examine how new plantation-generated wealth helped to transform once poor and remote areas of western Britain into fashionable tourist destinations including the Wye Valley, the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands.

Victoria Perry works for the architects and historic building consultants Donald Insall Associates and teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where she completed her RIBA-award winning PhD in 2010.  She has spoken extensively about her research on the links between the eighteenth century Caribbean and British architecture and landscape in Britain, the USA , the Caribbean and India.

Note:  Since this lecture forms part of the HLF funding, members of the public have been invited to attend.  Please come early to make sure of your seat, or alternatively email Carol Fitzgerald at http://carol952fitzgerald@btinternet.com so that we know the approximate number of our members.

This event is free.  However, due to anticipated demand, non-members of NGT are advised to pre-book by 16 September by contacting Carol Fitzgerald on Tel: 01933 313342  or by email mailto:carol952fitzgerald@btinternet.com 

 

THURSDAY, 24th NOVEMBER 2016

Capability Brown and the Eighteenth Century Kitchen Garden

By Susan Campbell

Susan began researching the history of walled kitchen gardens in 1981.  She has personally visited and photographed over 600 walled kitchen gardens in the UK and abroad, making her a foremost authority on the subject.  In 2001 she co-founded the online forum The Walled Kitchen Garden Network.  Susan is a Vice President of The Gardens Trust and a member of the conservation committee of The Hertfordshire Gardens Trust.

Susan explores a less well-known era of walled kitchen gardens, pre-dating the more popular Victorian age covered by the majority of studies.

VENUE

All meetings will be held at Great Houghton Village Hall and all start at

7.30 p.m.     Parking is available.