We are pleased to offer the next of our series of more specialised courses for those who want to explore garden history in greater depth.   It will based at the Institute of Historical Research in Bloomsbury, which is the world’s leading centre for research into all aspects of History, and runs the country’s only MA course in Garden History.  This term will look at the history of places deliberately designed as parks or other public open spaces.  From the earliest parks in London and cities like Exeter laid out in the early 17thc, to the development of the square and the rise of the municipal park via the Prince Regent's attempts to become a property magnate, the term ends with an exploration of the seaside park. In the spring term of 2018 we will continue the same theme, particularly investigating those places which have been converted from private gardens or estates into public parks, and also looking at the rise and decline of municipal parks departments etc.  Normal class meetings will be on Tuesday mornings from 10.30-1.00,  but 4 of them are all day. [2 have lectures in the morning and a visit in the afternoon while 2 are all day visits out of London].  The course fee is £245 [plus Eventbrite's booking fee] but please note that that does not include transport or admission fees for the visits. This allows you the flexibility of making your own travel arrangements, and taking advantage of concessionary prices where appropriate.  Please note that we have been told that room rates at the IHR are likely to increase  next autumn. Should this be a small rise we will obviously absorb the cost but if by any chance the room rates rises substantially we may have to ask for a small increase in the course fee to cover additional costs. In that case we will of course be happy to refund you if you prefer not to pay any such surcharge. We often have a waiting list for places so if you book a place but are unable to use it for any reason, then email us and  we will try and resell it if we can. In that case we will be happy to refund your payment less Eventbrite's fees, otherwise we regret we cannot offer a refund. In the unlikely event of a cancellation of a lecture for any reason we will endeavour to arrange a replacement session as soon as possible.  The course tutors will be Letta Jones, M.A., Stephen Smith, M.A., and Dr David Marsh.  Classes will be small [max size 16] with lively illustrated lectures, opportunities for discussion and further personal reading & research suggestions if you wish.   PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 19 Sept – An overview of the history of parks and public open spaces in Britain – David  26 Sept – The open spaces and parks of early modern London – David 3 Oct – Walking tour of some of the surviving open spaces of early modern London – David 10 Oct – morning: The Rise of the Garden Square –               afternoon: VISIT to Brunswick and Mecklenburgh Squares – Stephen 17 Oct – The History of Regents Park – Letta 24 Oct –  VISIT to Regents Park – Letta 31 Oct –  John Claudius Loudon and the "invention" of the Public Park – Stephen 7 Nov – Derby Arboretum – All Day Visit – Stephen 14 Nov – morning: The Victorian Public Park                 afyernoon VISIT to Battersea Park – Letta 21 Nov – Visit to Crystal Palace – Letta 28 Nov – Seaside Parks  – Stephen 5 Dec –  ALL DAY visit to Folkestone – Stephen

at Institute of Historical Research, Wolfson Room
Senate House, North Block , Malet Street
London, United Kingdom

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