During Black History Month, Northamptonshire Gardens Trust presents –

A Bitter-Sweet Heritage?  Sugar, slavery and 18th century British Landscapes


Dr Victoria Perry

Victoria Perry
Dr Victoria Perry

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.

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 at mailto:carol952fitzgerald@btinternet.com 

Location:   The Parsons Memorial Hall, Leys Lane, Great Houghton, Northampton NN4 0AN