New Research Symposium
Launched in 2011, the five annual Graduate Symposia have hosted papers from 23 researchers, many of whom have been members of County Gardens Trusts.
In 2016 The Gardens Trust hosted its 6th symposium, now retitled the New Research Symposium, during the annual conference at Robinson College, Cambridge.
- To provide a forum for the presentation of new research in the field of Garden History;
- To encourage researchers whose subject is as yet unpublished;
- To provide an opportunity for researchers to hone presentation skills;
- To generate potential scholarly articles for inclusion in The Gardens Trust’s journal Garden History as well as potential submissions for The Gardens Trust’s annual Essay Prize;
- To contribute another stimulating dimension to The Gardens Trust annual conference;
- To attract new members to The Gardens Trust.
Call For Papers
- Researchers in all fields of activity are encouraged to submit a 200 word proposal for a paper whose subject is as yet unpublished.
- Any subject relating to Garden History will be considered; from detailed explorations of little known gardens to relevant aspects of botany, ecology, archaeology, social history, horticulture, architecture, design or sculpture.
- Applicants must identify their status as an independent researcher and member of a County Gardens Trust, or, alternatively, their institutional affiliation, the academic programme of study and the award outcome.
- The selection of symposium papers will be undertaken by The Gardens Trust’s Education, Publications & Communications committee.
- This is always stimulating, and breathtakingly satisfactory, though an intrinsic rather than a material pleasure.
- Even though The Gardens Trust is unable to cover travel expenses, it will provide one night’s accommodation beforehand including supper, as well as breakfast, refreshments and lunch on the day of the symposium.
- The pre-symposium supper is an informal opportunity to meet the other speakers and members of The Gardens Trust’s Education, Publications & Communications committee, including the editor of Garden History.
- After the symposium, bask in the congratulations of the audience, network and enjoy the legion of questions with which you’ll be bombarded. This experience can be confirmed by any of the 23 speakers to date.
The 5th GHS Graduate Symposium
was held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Friday 24 July 2015
(20 minute / 2,000-2,500 word papers)
We invited scholars to submit a 200 word proposal for a paper whose subject is unpublished. Symposium papers are 20 minutes only (approx. 2,000–2,500 words), with a short Q&A session afterwards. Scholars in all disciplines are encouraged to submit, and any subject relating to Garden History will be considered.
We welcomed four speakers, Erin McHugh, Kasie Alt, Dianne Long, and Nick Chibnall. Accounts of their presentations will appear in upcoming issues of GT news.
This year’s Symposium was held as part of the activities at our Summer Conference in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Attendance at the Symposium does not require attendance for the whole Conference.
The 4th GHS Graduate Symposium
held in Cardiff, UK
Friday 25 July 2014
We invited scholars to submit a 200 word proposal for a paper whose subject is unpublished. Symposium papers are 20 minutes only (approx. 2,000–2,500 words). Scholars in all disciplines were encouraged to submit, and any subject relating to Garden History was considered. Details in GHS micro-news 92a.
Our selection of speakers:
Ann Benson on
Garden historian as polymath:
discovering the lost gardens of the Dukes of Beaufort;
Claire de Carle on
The Work of Maud Grieve during World War One;
Nick Chibnall on
Villa Gardens of Liguria and the Italian Riviera;
Sadly in the event Nick was not able to attend due to ill health.
Spencer Smith on
Rills and Romance:
Gardens at the Castles of Edward I in Wales;
Amber Winick on
Landscape and national identity:
the design of the Budapest Zoological Gardens.
The Symposium was chaired by Patrick Eyres. You can read a full account of the event in our newsletter.
Report on the 3rd Graduate Symposium 2013
Once again the venue was the appropriate and convivial environment of the Garden Museum on the Lambeth embankment in London. The aims of the Graduate Symposium underpin those of the GHS as a whole by providing a professional forum for the presentation of new research in the field of Garden History and an opportunity for scholars to hone presentation skills, as well as encouraging those whose research subjects are as yet unpublished.
For the third consecutive year, GHS members turned out in strength, and responded to each speaker with questions that stimulated fascinating discussions, many of which continued among individuals and small groups into lunchtime. Not surprisingly, the consensus was that all five papers were excellent both in content and presentation.
As can be seen from the titles, we were provided with an international feast of subjects:
Jessica Tipton (PhD Candidate, University of Bristol), on
Princess Ekaterina Dashkova’s tour:
An 18th-century Russian visitor’s impressions of English gardening, 1770.
Paolo Cornaglia (PhD, Assistant Professor, Turin Polytechnic), on
French gardens and gardening families in Piedmont in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Diane James (PhD Candidate, University of Warwick), on
“An endless variety of forms and proportions”:
Indian Influence on British Gardens and Garden Architecture.
Michal Bitton (PhD Candidate, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem),
The Garden as Sacred Nature and the Garden as a Church:
Transitions of Design and Function in the Garden of Gethsemane, 1800–1959.
Alison Wear (MA Garden History, University of Bristol, 2012), on
Roberto Burle Marx, 1909–94: Painting with Nature.
Patrick Eyres, Jessica Tipton, Paolo Cornaglia, Diane James, Michal Bitton, and Alison Wear on the podium at the end of the Symposium at the Garden Museum. Photo by Matti Bitton.
The symposium was organized and chaired by Patrick Eyres and, as usual, the efficient operation of the projections was ensured by the redoubtable Charles Boot, the GHS Hon Librarian and techno chap. The theme of the conservation of designed landscapes emerged as a subtext to the day and to emphasise the Society’s commitment to this vital task, each speaker was presented with a copy of the rumbustiously splendid Indignation: The campaign for conservation by the GHS stalwarts: Mavis Batey, David Lambert and Kim Wilkie.