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Repton Study Day at Leigh Court

April 25, 2018

On the 25th of April Avon Gardens Trust is holding a Repton Study Day at Leigh Court. 

The theme of the Study will focus on ‘by Nature so Romantic.’

It promises to be a celebration of work from Humphry Repton; the last great landscape designer ofthe 18th century and bellwether of the 19th century garden.

The day includes talks by David Lambert, Stephen Daniels, Ben Lennon and Michael Richardson followed by a guided tour of Leigh Court.

The afternoon will provide the opportunity to explore part of Repton’s park, while Hopper’s fine Greek Revival interiors provide the backdrop to the morning lectures.

Speakers of the event:

David Lambert: former Conservation Officer for the Garden History Society. Currently a member of English Heritage Advisory Committee as well as the advisory committees for Historic Royal Palaces and the World Monuments Fund. A Trustee of the Gardens Trust, a member of its conservation committee and editor of their recent report on public parks, Uncertain Prospects: public parks in the new age of austerity. Other publications include Parks and Gardens of Avon(with Stewart Harding) and two volumes of Avon Gardens Trust’s Historic Public Parks series on Bristol and Weston super Mare.

Stephen Daniels: Emeritus Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham where he has worked since 1980. The author of a number of books and exhibition catalogues on the landscape arts including Humphry Repton, Landscape Gardening and the Geography of Georgian England, Art of the Garden, Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain, Fields of Vision and Landscapes of the National Trust. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2010.

Michael Richardson: Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bristol. Michael is custodian of the Red Book for Leigh Court and other original Repton documents.

Ben Lennon: While working for the Forestry Commission in the 1990s Ben led the restoration of the woodlands around Leigh Court and Paradise Bottom. His PhD from the University of Bristol looked at landscape change with particular reference to Savernake Forest and Tottenham Park in Wiltshire. Ben currently lives in north Scotland where he is a professional forester and continues to advise on historic designed landscapes.

Tickets £60, including refreshments and buffet lunch.


Leigh Court Business Centre, Pill Rd, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA
Pill Rd, Abbots Leigh,
Bristol, BS8 3RA United Kingdom
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