Monday 12 March 2012
New MA in Garden History
The University of Buckingham is introducing as part of its London Programme a new research MA in Garden History. To quote the blurb and probably to preach to the converted:
'Interest in British gardens and their history has never been greater than now. Historic gardens and designed landscapes are a major part of the nation’s heritage, appreciated by more visitors than ever before. Culturally as well as economically they are important national assets that need to be understood for what they are: works of art that document changing ideas and fashions, and which express the social, intellectual and aesthetic values of those who created them, and for whom they were created. They are also constantly changing, something that makes them especially rewarding to study as over the course of time they may have been refashioned and reinterpreted by successive generations, and are constantly evolving. Garden history is not only about the past. British designers lead the world in contemporary landscaping and gardening, while magazines and television programmes continuously remind us of how important gardens are to us, and of the part they a play in our modern society. Historians of gardens and landscape architecture draw on different kinds of evidence – visual, literary and intellectual, as well as on what there is on the ground – to explore the ideas, attitudes and approaches which any design contains within it.'