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Topics

Explore time and place, lives and death, politics and religion through historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes of the British Isles. These designed spaces are fragile elements of heritage. They are also one of the richest sources of living history.

Historical Profiles

historical profiles

This section contains articles about people who were involved with the creation, maintenance, conservation and recording of the historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes in the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

Contemporary Profiles

contemporary profiles

This section contains articles about people currently or recently involved with historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes in the United Kingdom. There are many different skills required for the various types of work connected with historic parks and gardens, and a number of professions that are directly associated. The articles contained in this section provide some insight into the type of work and issues involved in identifying, recording, maintaining and restoring this important part of our heritage.
 

Feature Articles

feature articles

The articles in this section discuss aspects of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes and are intended for anyone interested in learning more about topics such as deer parks, walled kitchen gardens, public parks and more.
 

 

 

 

An Introduction to Garden History

an introduction to garden history

Design has been important in the British landscape for centuries. Many people are familiar with the gardens of large country houses, but in fact designed landscapes have a very complex history dating from Roman times and incorporating influences from across the world. The articles in this section are intended to give newcomers to the subject of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes a good foundation from which to start in terms of understanding the history of these important places, who was involved in creating them and how they are looked after and protected.

 

Resource Area 

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In the resource area you will find additional supporting material for the articles, features and the educational resources that can be found throughout the website.The resources include additional images, maps, plans and also audio files of oral histories about life in and around the historic parks and gardens of the United Kingdom, in MP3 format.