Thames Luminaries: Marble Hill: Howard and her garden of grottos and groves
4 Feb 2021
The Thames brought commerce and wealth to South West London, attracting royalty, aristocrats, artists, writers and wealthy property owners. The legacy of these luminaries is an area exceptionally rich in heritage buildings, gardens and landscapes. Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust and English Heritage’s Marble Hill have organised a series of nine free virtual talks over three weeks beginning on Wednesday 27th January. Experts will explore, explain and offer insight about a luminary and their landscape, property
In the early 18th century, ideas about garden design were changing fast. We will explore the garden at Marble Hill which included grottoes, groves, wildernesses and a ninepin bowling alley! The garden at Marble Hill was influenced by some of the most fashionable garden enthusiasts of the time. This talk will explore how the garden was created, who might have influenced its design and how Howard would have enjoyed using it.
This talk will be given by Emily Parker, a Landscape Advisor at English Heritage. She specialises in garden history and designed landscape conservation. Emily’s primary research interests are garden design. She has also produced Conservation Management Plans for English Heritage gardens including Belsay Hall, Marble Hill and Walmer Castle.
Admission to this talk is free but but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the nine participating organisations. More about the talk and the speaker can be found here and you can book your place at TicketSource.
The talk will start at 7 pm and last for approximately 20 minutes with time being allowed for questions and answers at the end. The event will end at or before 8 pm. It will be delivered using Zoom so you will need a computer or tablet with the Zoom program/app on it. You will be sent a link by email shortly before the lecture begins and you should follow this link at the appropriate time to join the audience. If you haven't used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the appropriate software as soon as you try to join.
This event is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
(A plan for the garden at Marble Hill attributed to Alexander Pope, c. 1724. Norfolk Record Office )
Presented by Pope's Grotto Preservation Trust
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