Winter Lecture Series 2018-19


All lectures are from 7 to 8pm on a Monday evening.

Doors open 6.30pm for a glass of wine.

Photo of lecture


The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EL.

(Entrance: through courtyard to far end, down stairs)

Street map

Getting there

Nearest station: Farringdon

Buses: 63 along Farringdon Road, 55 + 243 along Clerkenwell Road.

Booking several lectures?

Season ticket for all six lectures

Postal booking form (in Word format)

8 October

Bandstands: London’s Pavilions for Music, Leisure and Entertainment

Paul Rabbitts

The origins of the bandstand lie in the music pavilions of 18th-century pleasure gardens, but their heyday coincided with the growth of public parks and the development of cast iron in the mid-19th century, resulting in a combination of fantasy architecture and popular music free to all. Although many have disappeared in economies, bandstands are now enjoying a revival.

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Photo of Clapham Common bandstand
The bandstand on Clapham Common
(Photo: Colin Wing)

12 November

Making Space in Dalston 2007 – 2010 and ongoing

Johanna Gibbons

Landscape architects J & L Gibbons, in collaboration with muf architecture/art and Objectif, conceived this award-winning project as a new approach to regeneration, creating a shared vision with residents, businesses and local organizations. Their aim was to provide more public space without losing the existing qualities of the neighbourhood, in particular Dalston’s self-organizing distinctiveness.

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10 December

Gunnersbury Park and its Gardens: A History

Val Bott

From the 1660s the Gunnersbury estate comprised a Palladian mansion and terraced garden surrounded by farmland; a century later the garden was remodelled and the parkland enlarged with Kent’s advice. The house was replaced in 1802 by two new mansions, both later acquired by the Rothschilds. Gunnersbury became a public park in1926, and is now at the mid-point of a major restoration. Elements of all these phases remain.

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Photo of Gunnersbury Park
Gunnersbury Park
(Photo: Colin Wing)

14 January

Gardens of the Great Strand Palaces

Paula Henderson

Powerful bishops had their ‘inns’ and expansive gardens along the strategically placed Strand in the Middle Ages, and following the Dissolution most of these prestigious properties passed into the hands of high-ranking courtiers. The ‘Strand palaces’ were visible from the river and became a major enhancement to London itself. These fine gardens provided rus in urbe and were the site of great innovations in garden-making.

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11 February

Plant Drawings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Lynn Parker

Accurate depictions of typical specimens are indispensable for plant recognition, and artists have been employed at Kew ever since Sir Joseph Banks appointed the great Francis Bauer for this purpose in 1790. Other works have been acquired by gift or purchase, and the collection now comprises over 200,000 items. Lynn Parker is Assistant Illustrations and Artefacts Curator at Kew

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11 March

The Shirley Wilderness: An Early Ecological Garden

Jeremy Rye

The Rev. William Wilks (1843-1922), developer of the Shirley Poppy, created a ‘wild’ garden on 2.8 ha. inspired by the writings of William Robinson. His aim was to create a paintable landscape, embellishing heathland and woodland with suitable shrubs and trees of both native and exotic origin. The reintroduction of this landscape poses questions of public access, therapeutic impacts and the essence of wild.

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