Lecture: The history of the garden and grounds of Wimpole Hall

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG

The lecture will cover the history of the garden and grounds at Wimpole Hall from the Iron Age to the present but with particular emphasis on the long 18th century when a host of famous architects and garden designers were employed and left their mark; James Gibbs, Henry Flitcroft, Charles Bridgeman, Sir John Soane, Humphry Repton and H.E. Kendall to name a few.

Please note that the timing of this lecture will extend to 9.00pm in order to incorporate new information concerning the archaeological excavations (September 2018) that discovered an Iron Age site.

Alison has been teaching something to somebody for over 45 years.  Having read Archaeology at Leicester she completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and taught for two years.  Moving to the Isle of Man meant teaching in schools was not allowed so she studied for the British Horse Society exams and taught riding as well as competing herself at Dressage. On returning to the mainland she then also studied for the Wine and Spirit Education exams and had been a Wine Educator since 1982.  This led to an interest in Geology and she completed a BSc in Geology in 2014.  Alison’s interest in Garden History started in 2007 by studying for the Certificate and then the Diploma at Capel Manor. An MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research followed in 2017.

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