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Since mid-March, the impact of coronavirus has become more serious and widespread. Our planned events and visits are inevitably affected, therefore the lecture and garden visits arranged from May until August have regrettably been postponed. Later events will be reviewed and bookings accepted when it safe to do so. We will post further news as soon as we are able.


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RUS IN URBE – Autumn 2020 Lectures from The Institute of Historical Research – Free

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - December 10 @ 6:00 pm



History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminars – Free

Institute of Historical Research (IHR) & Sponsored by the Friends of History of Garden and Landscape Seminar &

Birkbeck Garden History Group

Day & Time: Starting 1st October Thursday, 6:00 pm via Zoom until 10th December 2020

Booking:  Welcome to the new academic year, and a new seminar series:

Rus in Urbe:   Greening Responses to Crises & Catastrophe 1590s – 1990s

As you probably know the IHR depends for some of its funding on the numbers attending seminars, and also needs to show the breadth and diversity of the audience it is reaching. Normally that information is gained from the signing-in book.   Since all seminars are now going to be on-line only for the foreseeable future the IHR have had to devise another way of obtaining the information they need to supply to Research England.

From this term you will need to register to attend each seminar.  This is not a lengthy or complicated process and only takes a minute to do.   Simply follow the link below which will take you to our page on the IHR website and click on register. You will be asked some basic questions  just as with the signing-in book and as soon as you have answered them and  registered the IHR will send you the zoom link.

Greening Responses to Crises and Catastrophe 1590s – 1990s

1 Oct Dr David Marsh (Garden Historian)
Famine, War, Plague & Fire: London’s “green” responses to the Four Horsemen of the long 17th century Apocalypse.

15 Oct Dr Carole O’Reilly (University of Salford)
‘Dark Pleasures: The Public Park as a Response to the Crisis of Urban Life’

29 Oct Tom Turner (Landscape Institute, University of Greenwich, Royal Town Planning Institute, retired)
John Claudius Loudon’s 1820s proposals for London to grow into a garden City with green infrastructure.

12 Nov Dr Jan Woudstra (University of Sheffield)
Germany and the Garden City: a green response to social, political and economic upheaval after World War I

26 Nov Dr Katrina Navickas (Reader in History, University of Hertfordshire)
Greening London: the impact of the crisis of the Second World War on the open spaces in the capital.

10 Dec Dr David Jacques (Historic Conservationist and Author)
Success or Failure – what was the point of Country Parks?

The seminars are free and open to all


October 1 @ 6:00 pm
December 10 @ 6:00 pm
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