6 September 2019

watercolour of Rivenhall Place by Humphry Repton, courtesy Essex Records Office

watercolour of Rivenhall Place by Humphry Repton, courtesy Essex Records Office

Private Viewing at Essex Records Office, Chelmsford

We are excited to offer a strictly limited number of members the opportunity to view the recently renovated Humphry Repton drawing of Rivenhall Place – sponsored by Essex Gardens Trust - in the possession of Essex Records Office.

We will hear about the work involved in the restoration by its conservator and view other Repton documents. Additionally the senior conservator will give us a privileged glimpse behind the scenes of the ERO conservation room.

DETAILED ITINERARY     

10.15     Meet downstairs inside the ERO (there is a coffee vending machine if you arrive early).

10.30     Introduction, talk and tour.

12.30     (approx.) Depart.            

DIRECTIONS:  ERO is at Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT. The public entrance is reached from the riverside path. (Please note that if you ask Google Maps to provide you with walking directions it takes you to the back of the building.)

The car park next to ERO is now closed, but there are several others a short walking distance away.  Baddow Road is probably the closest (Pay and Display, MiPermit location number 744001).

ACCESSIBILITY:  There are three parking spaces for Blue Badge holders close to the public entrance to the Record Office, accessible by a driveway from Wharf Road, and a lift is available inside the building.  For more details please see the ERO website.

COST AND BOOKING:  This event is for members only and is free of charge.  You will still need to book tickets though, which are now on Eventbrite, click here.  Tickets will not be available on the day. Alternatively, please contact Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, ‘Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please remember to include your name and address.


28 September 2019

Garden History in 10 Objects, led by David Marsh

At the Main Hall, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex, on Saturday, 28th September from 2.00 -4.30 pm.

DISCOVER CENTURIES OF GARDEN HISTORY IN AN AFTERNOON

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This study afternoon provides an interactive review and introduction to garden history.  The session begins with a fun hands-on investigation of some garden-related objects. Some you’ll know but might not realise their history or significance, others you definitely won’t, but they should all get you thinking and talking.

This will be followed by a lively illustrated lecture that puts the objects into a broad chronological and social context with ideas of what you can do next.

The afternoon is suitable for everyone, whether an experienced researcher or a complete newcomer to the subject- so why not bring along someone you think might be interested in knowing more?  It provides a perfect introduction for our garden history course in the autumn, or as a stand-alone session.

ITINERARY: Please arrive ready for a prompt start at 2.00. There will be a short break at 3.00 for refreshments.

ACCESSIBILITY: On-site car parking with disabled parking adjacent to the Main Building.  The Main Hall is on the ground floor at point 2 (download a campus map here). The main doors are heavy, please contact us in advance if you require assistance.

COST AND BOOKING: Members £10, Guests £15.  NB. Booking is essential for this course, as tickets will not be available on the day.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite, please click here to buy them.  Alternatively, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address.


16 October 2019 - A six week course

An Introduction to Garden History, led by Alison Moller

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At the Conference Suite, Writtle University College, Chelmsford, Essex, on Wednesday, 16 October from 2.00 – 4.00 pm and for a further 5 sessions at the same time and place until Wednesday 20 November.

UNCOVER THE DEVELOPMENTS IN ENGLISH GARDEN HISTORY FROM MEDIEVAL TO PRESENT TIMES

This course, run over six sessions of 2 hours (2 x 45 mins with a break between), will show how gardens have evolved over time, including a short session on research sources and on international garden making before the sixteenth century. It highlights the key factors that have influenced their design and identifies key individuals and gardens from different periods. Where possible, examples will be included featuring Essex gardens.  A reading list will be provided for further investigation.  

1                     Research Sources, Ancient and Medieval Gardens

2                     Gardens from the Tudor period to the Civil War c.1500-1640s

3                     Restoration and Baroque Gardens c.1660-1720

4                     The English Landscape Garden; including Chinoiserie and the Picturesque

5                     The Nineteenth Century Garden to 1st World War

6                     Twentieth and Twenty First Century Gardens

The course and syllabus is backed by The Gardens Trust, who have devised the sessions.

Alison is a member of EGT and has been teaching for over 45 years. She has a Masters in Garden History and is an active researcher.  

ITINERARY: Please arrive ready for a prompt start at 2.00 and bring notebook and pen if you wish. There will be a short break at 2.45 for refreshments (not included in the cost).

ACCESSIBILITY: On-site car parking with disabled parking adjacent to the Main Building. The Conference Suite is adjacent to the café at point 7 (download a campus map here) and both are on the ground floor .

COST AND BOOKING:  £45 total for all 6 sessions.  NB. Booking is essential for this course as tickets will not be available on the day.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite, please click here to buy them.  Alternatively, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address.


dates for your diary, details to be announced later:

19 October 2019 AGM at The Gibberd Garden

16 November 2019 Talk by Andrew Sankey, and EGT Annual Book Sale

18 March 2020 Talk by Saruhan Mossler