How historians map the gardener’s world

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Expert in architecture to discuss researching historic gardens in annual lecture at Lamport Hall on Monday 20 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 May 2013

The multitude of skills required by a researcher into the historic landscapes and gardens of England will be explored in the University of Leicester's Eighth Annual Lamport Lecture.

Tim Mowl, who has recently been appointed a Professional Research Fellow in the Institute of Humanities at the University of Buckingham, will deliver his lecture ‘From Cartography to Land Art:  The Garden Historian as Polymath’ on Monday 20 May.

Formerly Professor of History of Architecture and Designed Landscapes and Director of the Institute for Landscape and Garden History at the University of Bristol, Mowl has published a number of works on landscape gardening and architecture.

Among his many books, Gentlemen and Players: Gardeners of the English Landscape (2000), charts the influence of aristocrats and professionals on the creation of landscape parks and gardens.

With major funding from the Leverhulme Trust, Mowl is researching and writing a nationwide series of the historic landscapes and gardens of England.  This has produced 12 books to date with his study of Cambridgeshire & The Isle of Ely set to appear in May 2013.

Dr Phillip Lindley, Director of the Centre for the Study of the Country House and a Reader in Art History at the University of Leicester, said: “It’s a huge pleasure to announce that Tim Mowl will be delivering the Eighth Annual Lamport Lecture.

“Tim is the world’s foremost authority on the English Country House garden and it’s a privilege as well as a great pleasure to have him speak to us.  He is a former External Examiner of the Leicester MA on the Country House and a great friend of our programme.

“Tim is also a lively and provocative lecturer and is guaranteed to engage the audience.”

‘From Cartography to Land Art:  The Garden Historian as Polymath’ will be held at Lamport Hall, Northampton at 10:00am on Monday 20 May.

Places are strictly limited.  Admission is by ticket only.  Tickets cost £10 and can only be obtained from Lamport Hall on 01604 686272,


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