Commemorative Research Projects Day

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 by Charles Boot
Jul ’14
10:15 am

Gear up for World War 1
and Brown 300 Projects!

Parks & Gardens UK
in conjunction with
the Historic Landscape Project present

Commemorative Research Projects
Free Taster Workshop Day

10.15am to 4pm, Monday 21 July
At BCSV, The Centre for Voluntary Action,
138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR

Looking for inspiration to get a research project going in your Trust?  Wanting to get involved in marking these anniversaries but not sure where to start? We can point you in the right direction…

These important anniversaries are fast upon us!  Promoting well-researched understanding of related designed landscapes is integral to our public commemorations and offers a strong role for County Gardens Trusts.

This workshop day aims to equip CGT members to take an active part in preparations, whether as a leader of a research group or a participant in such a project.  We’ll look at sources and resources you’ll need for researching Brown and WW1 landscapes and how to present the research you’ve gathered.  And, if you or your CGT is thinking about setting up such a project, we can offer hints and tips to ensure an interesting and focused project which can engage volunteers and highlight the work of your trust.

The day will be led by Barbara Simms and Maria Beck of P&GUK, and Linden Groves and Verena McCaig, AGT/GHS Historic Landscape Project Officers.

Draft Programme
9.45: Tea and coffee – arrive early and chat with other delegates!
10.15 : Introduction – Verena McCaig AGT/GHS
10.20: Jenifer White, English Heritage – Anniversaries: context of CB300 and WW1 projects
10.50: Linden Groves & Verena McCaig, HLPOs – Developing Volunteer Projects
11.15: Tea & Coffee
11.35: Barbara Simms, Chair P&GUK – Using P&GUK for your projects
12.15: LUNCH
1.30: Brown and WW1 research in practice including Ceryl Evans, Project Manager, ‘Capability’ Brown Festival (new post!) and Kate Harwood on CB300.
WW1 projects – speaker TBC
2.45pm: Tea & Coffee
3pm: Maria Beck / Barbara Simms, P&GUK – Research and recording forms for submitting data to P&GUK
3.20: Linden /Verena – discussions to round up what people are doing, or want/might do and next steps.
4pm: CLOSE

Please email Verena at the AGT to reserve your place using the Booking Form. Please label your email reply ‘Booking for WW1/CB300 Birmingham’.  For queries or for more information, please email or

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