I am an Academic Tutor for University of Cambridge ICE for whom I act as Course Director for their international, virtual and residential courses. Academic but not dry, I love to present the courses and then actively engage in discussions through various forums.
Tales of taste, trade and taxonomy dating back thousands of years with ancient essential and decorative plants. In the 18th century, Sweden’s Carl Linnaeus sent his botanists across the world, 19th century botanical gardens rivalled nurseries in financing plant hunters. Not forgetting spices, rubber, tea and coffee.
We explore key royal castle, palace and landscape settings across the now United Kingdom. Charles III was the longest serving Prince of Wales, he has as deep an interest in historical as in contemporary architecture and gardening. We examine ancient royal domains such as Windsor, Westminster and Whitehall, the contemp
Enjoy some ancient digging and delving
- Identifying trees, plants and herbs and where possible their origins.
- Examining design styles both on the ground and in architectural detail.
- Rediscovering people, their lives and status
- 'Listening' to contemporary voices
Why did Hera make Zeus lie under this tree on Samos?
Profitable, artistic and moral landscapes in 18th-century England. The legacy of Brown ‘earthmover’ who made estates into profitable landscapes - and Gainsborough an originator English landscape painting. Country boys who enjoyed elite patronage. Science, the arts and political allegiances provided strong networks.
Official or private domain, Princess or Queen, her royal dwellings have provided a backdrop for fashions, tastes and social mores, expressed in their architecture and gardens. Explore designs and settings of royal residences such as the castles of Windsor and Balmoral, Buckingham Palace, and Sandringham House.
Cultivating British tastes from 1714 to 1830 during the reigns of four King Georges. Patrons such as Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, architects William Kent and Robert Adam. Landscapers Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Not forgetting the artist Gainsborough and furniture maker Chippendale.