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NLHA October 2017 Day School, Garden of Delight

21.10.2017, 9:30 am4:15 pm

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The Day School will be held at Ravenshead Village Hall on Saturday 21st October 2017 commencing at 9:30am.


9.30am     Registration and Refreshments

10.00am   Start

10.15am   Elite Landscapes – James Wright

11.15am   Nottingham Historic Design Landscapes – Jason Mordan

12.15pm   Lunch & Book Stalls

2.00pm    A Gardener at Welbeck – Ruth Imeson

3.00pm    Nottingham’s Historic Green Space  – Judith Mills

4.15pm    Finish

Today’s programme of talks focus on the methodology of design, symbolism, horticultural practises and means of access to the various types of historic parks, gardens and open spaces in our local area. Following a broadly chronological sequence, the day will begin with a look at high status sites in the Mediaeval period prior to a discussion on the proliferation of designed landscapes – based on the work of Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust. In the afternoon we will take a detailed look at archives relating to the gardens at Welbeck in the Georgian period followed by the story of Nottingham’s public open spaces in the 19th century.

James Wright: Elite Landscapes – Beyond the Castle Gate This lecture unpicks the world of high status parks and gardens in the Mediaeval and Early Modern periods.   They played a highly symbolic element relating to stage-management of the natural world to establish landscapes of lordship. James Wright is a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Nottingham.

Jason Mordan: Nottinghamshire Historic Designed Landscapes . The talk will take a look at the overall spread and types of designated parklands as part of setting the scene for a rapid introduction to some of the non-designated parklands and the varying methodologies for their identification and surveying. Jason Mordan has been the historic building conservation officer at Nottinghamshire County Council for 17 years and is acting chairman of the Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust.

Ruth Imeson: Pineapples, cherries and hothouses: a gardener at Welbeck.  Drawing on the archive of John Stewart we hear about the gardens of the Duke of Portland’s Welbeck Estate, plus how to deal with aphids, the best recipe for compost, and the ideal time to light the winter fires in your pineapple hothouse. Ruth Imeson is Nottinghamshire County Archivist.

Judith Mills: Nottingham’s Historic Green Spaces: Just about everyone knows The Forest and The Arboretum but few realise that they were created as part of a planned scheme which included public walks, cricket grounds and cemeteries. This talk will explore some of the reasons behind the creation of these historic green spaces and how they have been adapted over time. Judith is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham

To get to Ravenshead Village Hall – On the A60 from Nottingham turn right, or from Mansfield turn left, opposite Newstead Abbey Gates, into Longdale lane. Take the first left into Vernon Avenue (do not take Sheepwalk Lane) and in a short distance turn left at the T junction into Vernon Crescent. The village Hall will be found on the right. Vernon Crescent is also accessible directly from Chapel Lane

£7.50 for NLHA members and £8.50 for non-members

For information about booking please contact David Anderson at treasurer@nlha.org.uk or phone 01509 820067


9:30 am–4:15 pm
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Nottinghamshire Local History Association
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Ravenshead Village Hall
61 Vernon Crescent
Ravenshead, NG15 9BN
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