New Research Symposium




The New Research Symposium provides an additionally stimulating dimension to the Gardens Trust’s annual conference and AGM weekend. It is open to all researchers and scholars, regardless of whether they are independent or attached to an academic institution. Launched in 2011, the eight symposia have hosted papers from thirty-four researchers, many of whom are members of County Gardens Trusts, but we also warmly welcome scholars from overseas.

Researchers in all fields of activity are encouraged to submit a 200-word proposal for a paper whose subject is as yet unpublished.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 explorations of little known gardens to aspects of botany, ecology, horticulture, archaeology, social history, architecture, design or sculpture. The paper will be no longer than 20 minutes (approximately 2,000 to 2,500 words) and illustrated with a PowerPoint (or similar) slide presentation.

Applicants are asked to identify their status as an independent researcher and/or member of a County Gardens Trust, or their institutional affiliation, the academic programme of study and the award outcome; or both, where appropriate.Our conference and AGM weekend provides an informal opportunity to meet the other speakers as well as members of The GT’s committees and Board, and provides an attentive audience eager to learn more about your field of research.

The GT will reimburse each speaker £100 for personal expenses and provide lunch and tea on the NRS day, Saturday 7th September.

Researchers who are interested but who have queries are invited to contact
Dr Patrick Eyres for clarification at:

Proposals should be sent to the same address by 6 pm, Sunday, 5th May 2019


Our 8th New Research Symposium was held at
Highbury Hall, Yew Tree Road, Birmingham B13 8QG
at 11 am, on Sunday 2 September 2018

Our programme this year consisted of four presentations, followed, as usual, by a period for questions from the floor and answer from the speakers.
Chair, Dr Patrick Eyres

Our Speakers were: 

Stephen Radley
PhD candidate, Nottingham University, member of Northamptonshire GT
A Landscape of Aspiration: Charles Tibbits, Humphry Repton and Barton Hall, Northamptonshire

Camilla Allen
PhD candidate, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield
The Three Cathedrals of Trees: Glencruitten, Whipsnade, Milton Keynes

Elizabeth Michel
Independent Researcher, (PhD Modern European History, New York University)
The Restoration of the garden in Berlin of the German Impressionist Painter, Max Libermann

Casandra Funsten
Independent Researcher, MA Agricultural Science (Park and Garden Design and Management) University of Palermo, Sicily
(BA English & BA Landscape Architecture, University of California Berkeley)
The Courtyard Garden in the “Antonino Salinas” Archaeological Museum

Our 2018 speakers clutching copies of Indignation following the ‘best yet’ NRS, at Highbury, Birmingham. Our speakers are, from left to right: Stephen Radley, Elizabeth Michel, Camilla Allen, Cassandra Funsten, with NRS convenor/chair Patrick Eyes at front, with our very appreciative audience behind them.

There will be reports of this event in the Autumn 2018 issue of GT news.

The Gardens Trust New Research Symposium

Launched as the GHS Graduate Symposium, 2011–2015
Chair, Dr Patrick Eyres

Speakers and Venues, 2011–2017

New Research Symposium 2017:
University of Plymouth
, Friday 1 September

The Gardens Trust conference organised with the Devon Gardens Trust,
chaired by Dr Oliver Cox

Dominic Ingram
DPhil candidate in History (2nd year), Magdalen College, University of Oxford
The Country Estates of Military Officers in Britain, 1700–1750

Beryl Saitch
Independent researcher, London Parks and Gardens Trust, Surrey Gardens Trust
Blanche Henrey, 1906-1983, Botanical Bibliographer

Elsie Roulston
Graduate, MA Landscape Architecture, University of Sheffield (distinction)
Plantsman vs Place-maker: An analysis of James (Jim) Russell and his work in Co. Donegal, Ireland from 1953 to 1985

Patricia Wilson
MA candidate (2nd year), Institute of Historical Research
(symposium subject independently researched while a student at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh)
From a Scottish Shore to an Italian Lakeside: the link between Galloway House, Wigtownshire, and Villa Taranto, Lake Maggiore

New Research Symposium 2016:
University of Cambridge
, Friday 2 September

Conference organised by CGT for The GT

Vicky Pickering
PhD candidate, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London and Centre for Arts and Humanities Research, Natural History Museum
Richard Richardson and his botanical exchanges in the early eighteenth century.

Advolly Richmond
Independent Researcher: Garden, Landscape and Social History
The Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman, Victorian Botanist and Plantsman.

Michael O’Sullivan
Environmental Planning Consultant and Lecturer in Environmental Impact Assessment
Doneraile Park, Co. Cork: AProvincial Park of Exceptional Pedigree.

GHS Graduate Symposium 2015:
University of Newcastle
, Friday 24 July

joint conference of GHS and AGT

Erin McHugh
History Honours, St Olafs College (Liberal Arts), Minnesota
The role of iconography within the French formal garden at Versailles.

Kasie Alt
PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin
Fictions and Fabrications: The Gothic Folly at Wimpole.                 

Dianne Long
PhD candidate, University of Exeter
(MA in Garden History University of Buckingham)
Designed Landscapes of Industrialists 1700 – c.1820.

 Nick Chibnall
D.Phil candidate, Garden History, University of Buckingham
(MA in Garden History, University of Bristol)
Villa Gardens of Liguria and the Italian Riviera.

GHS Graduate Symposium 2014:
University of Cardiff
, Friday 24 July

GHS Conference

Spencer Gavin Smith
PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University
Rills and Romance: Gardens at the Castles of Edward I in Wales

Ann Benson
MA in Garden History, University of Bristol (2013)
Garden historian as polymath: discovering the lost gardens of the dukes of Beaufort.

Amber Winick
Fulbrightscholar (MA, Bard Graduate Center, 2013)
Landscape and national identity: the design of the Budapest Zoological Gardens.

Claire de Carle
Candidate, MA in Garden History, University of Buckingham
The Work of Maud Grieve during World War One.                 

Nick Chibnall (unable to present due to illness, see 2015)
D.Phil candidate, Garden History, University of Buckingham
(MA in Garden History, University of Bristol)
Villa Gardens of Liguria and the Italian Riviera.

GHS Graduate Symposium 2013:
The Garden Museum, London, Friday 12 July

alongside AGM of GHS

Jessica Tipton
PhD Candidate, University of Bristol
An 18th-century Russian visitor’s impressions of English gardening.

Paolo Cornaglia
PhD, Assistant Professor, Turin Polytechnic
French gardens and gardening families in Piedmont in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Diane James
PhD Candidate, University of Warwick
‘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 (Distinction), University of Bristol, 2012
Roberto Burle Marx, 1909–1994: Painting with Nature.

GHS Graduate Symposium 2012:
The Garden Museum, London
, Friday 13 July

alongside AGM of GHS

Leslie Diane Hunter
MA candidate (18th Century British History), University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Secrets of the Hampton Court Maze.

John Hemingway
M.Phil candidate (West Midlands History), University of Birmingham
An Interim Study of the Influences of William Shenstone on Other Gardens in Eighteenth Century England.

Anne King
Independent Researcher
Thomas Main, Gardener: Changing the U.S. Landscape, a Washington, DC perspective, c.1812.

Winnie Y.L. Chan
DPhil candidate, Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford
Looking for Antiquity and the New: The Chinese Hong Merchant Gardens of Guangzhou in the Nineteenth Century.

Elaine Taylor
MA Landscape, Heritage and Society, University of Chester
A Garden for Lord Leverhulme: Roynton Cottage, near Bolton, Lancashire.

GHS Graduate Symposium 2011:
University of Keele, Friday 22 July

GHS Conference

Sarah Hundleby
MA Garden History, Birkbeck College, University of London
The Development of Bramham Park, 1700–1731

Sarah Law
PhD candidate, Department of Geography, Nottingham University
The Rufford Abbey Estate in the early eighteenth century in the context of hunting, in particular the emerging sport of fox hunting

Oliver Cox
D.Phil (History) candidate, University College, Oxford
Jeremiah Dixon, Alfred the Great, and the merchant fathers of Leeds in the late eighteenth-century

Gabriele Mulè
Scholar of Garden and Landscape History, University of Palermo
The Extended Garden. Sicilian landscape as an English garden: from Castelvetrano to Selinunte following Henry Swinburne, Grand-Tourtraveller

Elaine Mitchell
MA (West Midlands History) candidate, University of Birmingham
‘A fine crop of peaches, and several hundred geraniums’; the flowering of Thomas Clark’s metallic hothouse manufactory in the early nineteenth century