The London Volunteer Research Group has started off 2013 with a number of new and exciting projects. These include researching fascinating but little-known gardens for this year's Open Garden Squares Weekend; scouring the National Archives for information on the Royal Parks during World War I to contribute to an exhibition as part of the 1914-18 commemorations; and researching London sites that were designed, or might have been designed, by Capability Brown as part of the Brown Tercentenary Celebrations in 2016.
Whether you are an experienced researcher, have attended a course and would like to put theory into practice, or would like to learn how to research a garden's history, then you would enjoy working with this vibrant and active group. There is plenty of support available but you arrange your research times to fit in with your other commitments. We all meet in Central London once every few months to report on findings, attend training days, and discuss common research queries.
We are also looking for more project co-ordinators to manage small groups of researchers investigating particular topics. Sophie Seifalion, Acting Group Co-ordinator, would also like to hear from anyone interested in taking over her role or working with her to manage this very important aspect of the Trust's activities. If you are interested in joining the group or taking on the role of project or group co-ordinator, please contact Barbara Simms firstname.lastname@example.org or Sophie Seifalion Sophie.email@example.com for more information.