Winter Lecture Series 2019-20


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

Doors open 6.30pm for a glass of wine.


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)

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9 December

Learning from Vauxhall Gardens

Christopher Woodward

Vauxhall pleasure gardens on the south bank of the Thames entertained Londoners and visitors to London for 200 years. From 1729, under the management of Jonathan Tyers, property developer, impresario, patron of the arts, the gardens grew into an extraordinary business, a cradle of modern painting and architecture, and a music venue vital to the careers of Thomas Arne and George Frideric Handel. Christopher explores what we can learn from Vauxhall Gardens about how we improve London’s public realm today…

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13 January

Keeping up the Royal Gardens

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Todd will discuss recent and ongoing landscape initiatives at the Royal Palaces, including the Pond Yards, Kitchen Garden and the Lower Orangery Garden at Hampton Court, and the Orangery Lawn at Kensington Palace.

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10 February

Greenwich Park Revealed

Graham Dear

Development phase funding from the HLF/BIG “Parks for People” fund has provided the opportunity for the Royal Parks to explore proposals for the possible restoration of the Giant Steps and parterre banks of Greenwich Park. They are the key landscape features of the 17th century Baroque landscape envisioned by Charles II, Sir William Boreman, and André Le Nôtre. However, they are now subdued elements within the maritime Greenwich World Site and require action to ensure their survival for future generations.

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9 March

Rediscovering the permanence of place

Marie Burns

Marie’s talk explores how a contemporary approach to public realm design within a historic context provides the opportunity to re-capture and celebrate the intrinsic qualities of place such as Leicester Square and how new public spaces within the City of London have been created that express their historical significance.

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