Understanding and Conserving Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Course details

From £377.00

Wed 03 Jul 2019 - Thu 04 Jul 2019
9.00am Weds - 4.30pm Thurs

Understanding and Conserving Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes


Understanding and Conserving Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes, adapting these sites to attract new audiences

An increasing number of historic gardens and landscapes are opening their doors to the paying public. Owners and managers, reliant on tourist income, are seeking to increase visitor income and widen their visitor base. Such development can sometimes be at odds with the conservation needs of historic sites, and this course will provide the tools for balancing the needs of developing tourist attractions with conservation and care.

This course is for trustees, volunteers and staff responsible for managing or working in an historic garden or designed landscape, having to deal with the day to day challenge of balancing the conservation needs of an historic site and a tourist attraction.


Programme details

Wednesday 3 July

9.00 am                Registration and coffee / tea

9.30 am                Introduction

9.45 am                Researching landscape and garden history

                             David Lambert

10.20 am              Archaeology as a tool for landscape and garden


                             Brian Dix

10.55 am             Coffee / tea       

11.25 am             Engaging volunteers with garden and landscape research

                            Linden Groves

12.00 am             ‘Re-evaluation, Repair, Restoration, Reconstruction’,

                             tools for revealing lost gardens and their features

                             John Watkins

12.35 pm              Discussion

1.00 pm                Lunch

2.00 pm                Managing change-The Conservation Management Plan


                             Emily Parker

2.40 pm                Depart for site visit to Blenheim to review conservation

                             issues in such a highly visited site

                            John Watkins

5.00 pm                Depart Blenheim

7.00 pm                Dinner

8.00 pm                Evening session: Facilitated case study workshop,

                             evening participants are encouraged to bring 10 minute 

                             PowerPoint presentations of projects they would like to 


Thursday 4 July

8.00am                  Breakfast (residents only)

9.00 am                Who visits gardens and why? -Statistics on tourism and

                             garden visiting.

9.35 am                The architecture of tourism- the integration of visitor

                              infrastructure in historic sites and landscapes.

                              Robin Copeland

10.10 am               Coffee / tea

10.40 am               Inclusive access in historic landscapes

11.15 am               Attracting families and children and excluded groups to


                             Linden Groves

11.50 am             Attracting excluded groups to historic gardens and


12.25 pm             Discussion

1.00 pm               Lunch

2.00 pm               Leave for site visit to Waterperry Garden to view the

                            conservation and visitor management issues of a smaller


                            John Watkins

2.30pm                 Arrive Waterperry Garden for guided tour

3.45pm                 Discussion

4.00 pm                Depart Waterperry Garden

4.30 pm                Arrive Rewley House, course disperses



Accommodation for this course is at Rewley House for Wednesday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £377.00
Baguette Thursday: £4.90
Baguette Wednesday: £4.90
Dinner Wednesday: £20.00
Hot Lunch Thursday: £14.00
Hot Lunch Wednesday: £14.00
Single B&B Wednesday: £79.20


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email: professional.arch@conted.ox.ac.uk



Robin Copeland


Brian Dix


Ms Linden Groves


Mr David Lambert


Mrs Emily Parker


Mr John Watkins

Course Director

Head of Gardens and Landscape at the English Heritage Trust


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.