Our Annual Weekend School to be held at Rewley House,
1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA

Medieval and Tudor Gardens

Gardens were an important part of the medieval and Tudor world, but have been difficult to understand owing to poor survival. In recent years, however, there has been an upsurge of interest in them, and this weekend will present a selection of current research and new thinking, based on archaeological, art-historical, historical, and literary sources. Organised by Dr Paul Barnwell, Director of Studies for Architectural History, OUDCE, and Michael Symes, The Gardens Trust.


There will be a coach trip to Kenilworth Castle on the Saturday afternoon. English Heritage members will receive free entry; others will have to pay their own admission fee. There will be much standing and walking over uneven ground. Please come with suitable footwear and prepared for all weathers. Please note that the field trip may not be suitable for particpants with mobility problems.

See the Rewley House website for details of fees, and full Booking Information


Friday 2 June 2017

5.30pm: Registration

6pm: Drinks Reception

6.30pm: Dinner

8pm: James Bond, Freelance Landscape Archaeologist based in North Somerset, on Medieval gardens: the archaeological evidence

Saturday 3 June 2017

8.15am: Breakfast (residents only)

9am: Elizabeth Herbert Mcavoy, Professor of Medieval Literature, Swansea University, and Theresa Tyers, Post-Doc Research Assistant, Swansea Universityon Unearthing the medieval walled garden: greening and healing body and soul

10am: Rachel Delman, DPhil Student, University College, University of Oxford, on ‘Sche bare the key of this gardeyn’: women and gardens in the middle ages

11am: Coffee/tea

11.30am: Spencer Smith, PhD Student, Manchester Metropolitan University. Formerly on Investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, on Parks, gardens and designed land­scapes of medieval north Wales and north west Shropshire

1pm: Depart for Kenilworth Castle (Packed lunches to be eaten on the coach. Please bring outdoor footwear suitable for walking and clothing for all weathers).
Talk by John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscape, English Heritage

6pm: Arrive back at Rewley House

6.45pm: Dinner

8pm: Stephen Wass, DPhil student (Architectural History), Kellogg College, University of Oxford, on Hesdin: getting mud on your boots in a garden of earthly delights

Sunday 4 June 2017

8.15am: Breakfast (residents only)

9.30am: Paula Henderson, independent architectural and garden historian, on Clinging to the past: medievalism in the Tudor garden

10.45am: Coffee/tea

11.15am: Michael Symes, Course Director and Tutor, The Gardens Trust, on Garden themes in the poetry of Spenser

12.45pm Lunch and course disperses

Cost: Tuition only: £152.
Single room B&B: 145.20, Twin Room B&B: £104.20

See the Rewley House website for details of fees, and full Booking Information

See the two part (sorry about that) Booking Form a
and Booking Form b for more.