So far this Spring we have been exploring both rural and urban designed landscapes on field trips with our third year students.
Earlier this term we went on a grand day out to London, visiting the Garden Museum in Lambeth to see their exhibition on Garden Cities and Green Cities, which is still open for another week or so.
We also explored the architecture of Whitehall, including Inigo Jones’ Banqueting House, built for Charles I in the 1620s. Then it was off to St James’ Park, Green Park and Buckingham Palace – all thoughts of architecture and landscape design were banished by a glimpse of Prince Charles driving up the Mall…
We spent some time discussing the houses which border onto Green Park, like Spencer House, built in the 1750s, before heading into Bloomsbury to explore the gardens created by Humphry Repton in Russell Square and the rest of the Bedford Estate, including Bedford Place (below) developed in the early years of the nineteenth century.
Back in Norfolk, we have visited one of Humphry Repton’s best known commissions – Sheringham Park. 2012 is the bi-centenery of Repton’s Red Book, and we are involved with a project being run in partnership with the AHRC, the University of Nottingham and the National Trust to celebrate the anniversary (more to come on that soon!).
This week the third year students are studying World War Two archaeology, so we made sure that we stopped to investigate the pillbox on the edge of the woods (and wave to a passing steam train).
There are at least two more field trips to come this Spring – fingers crossed that we get some lovely sunshine!