The course starts this Autumn, running every Thursday (10am-5pm) with the first session on 2 October. The lecturers are all well-respected academics in their fields and include Brian Dix (archaeology), Paula Henderson (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), Sally Jeffery (Italian Renaissance and French seventeenth-century gardens), Michael Symes (eighteenth century), Rebecca Preston (interwar suburban gardens) and Brent Elliott (plant collectors and garden designers) and Barbara Simms who will be teaching American gardens and twentieth- and twenty-first century gardens.
The third term will be devoted to dissertation writing under the supervision of an appropriate academic.
Teaching will be undertaken at the Institute of Historical Research, but with practical sessions at Museums and libraries as well as visits to gardens in and around London including Chiswick House, Garden Museum, Tate Britain, British Museum, Painshill Gardens and Wisley. There will be an optional overseas visit to Italy for those that wish to take it. There will be a strong emphasis on tutor/student interaction in class. Visit http://www.history.ac.uk/study/ma-garden-history.