William Cecil, Lord Burghley, as Patron of the Arts
Symposium to be held at the Garden Museum, London on 19 April 2021
A symposium on the role Lord Burghley played as one of the most important patrons of art, architecture and horticulture in the Elizabethan Period will be held as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Lord Burghley.

10: 30: welcome from Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum
10:40: introduction by Lord Salisbury
10:50: Convener, Dr Claire Gapper
10:55 – 1140: Dr Jill Husselby, ‘ “My Principal House”: Dynasty and Politics; Aspects of architecture at Burghley House’
11:40 – 12:25: Dr Emily Cole, ‘A House fit for the Queen: The plan and interiors of Theobalds, Hertfordshire’
12:25 – 1:10: Mark Griffiths, ‘That excellent Art of Simpling: Lord Burghley, John Gerard and the triumph of flora’
1:10 – 2:15: Lunch break
2:15-3:00: Dr Paula Henderson, ‘ “His greatest greatness and only happiness”: Lord Burghley and his gardens’
3:00-3:45: Karen Hearn, ‘ “Dearest above all”: The portraits of Mildred Cooke Cecil (1526-89)’
3:45 – 4:30: Dr Nigel Llewellyn, ‘Lord Burghley’s monument in Stamford’
Discussion and closing remarks, including information on future Burghley500 events