Edinburgh Gardens and Squares Conference

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by Charles Boot
Sep ’14
9:00 am

Edinburgh Gardens and Squares Conference
The Scottish Enlightenment as manifested in
the Gardens and Squares of Edinburgh’s New Town
at Kings Hall, George Hotel, Edinburgh
Friday 26 September

The conference will explore the significance of the New Town’s squares and gardens and how they can benefit the social, economic and cultural life of the city in the 21st century.

Edinburgh’s historic gardens and squares are a result of the development of the city following late 18th century ideals of town planning. This was part of the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment. These landscapes form an important and integral part of the Edinburgh World Heritage site.

The first two sessions in the morning with a coffee break will be devoted to setting the scene describing the history, philosophy and development of the spaces within the city. The third session in the afternoon will be about the practical aspects of managing these spaces in the 21st century. A Reception in the banking hall of Royal Bank of Scotland, St Andrews Square, will conclude the day.

The conference was conceived by the Garden History Society in Scotland and organised by Historic Scotland in association with other partner organisations (EWHT/Cockburn/AHSS/BEFS).

The conference at George Hotel, 19–21 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB, will be followed by a reception at Dundas House, St Andrews Square, courtesy of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Cost is £60, and includes the reception afterwards, with a student price of just £20.

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