The GHS AGM & Summer Conference: Nottingham

Posted on December 4th, 2009 by Charles Boot
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GHS AGM & Summer Conference
Ancaster Hall, University of Nottingham

Friday 2 July to Sunday 4 July, 2010

The conference will be based at Ancaster Hall, on the University Park campus, west of the centre of Nottingham and adjacent to Wollaton Park. Ancaster Hall provides en-suite single room accommodation together with conference facilities in which the AGM, lectures and meals will be held.

Friday: The main conference programme will begin with registration during the morning, then a self-service lunch followed by a welcome from Dominic Cole, the Garden History Society Chairman, and an introductory lecture. After a break, the AGM will take place 3 to 5pm then a reception and the AGM Dinner. A book-fair for members will take place in the Hall.

Deer in the Park at Wollaton Hall

Deer in the Park at Wollaton Hall

The Camellia House at Wollaton Hall (photo by Chloe Bennett)

The Camellia House at Wollaton Hall (photo by Chloe Bennett)

Saturday: The day will begin with a visit to Wollaton Hall, a sixteenth century Hall set within formal gardens and pleasure grounds of sixteenth, seventeenth, late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is fully described in Garden History 31:1.

We will drive to the centre of Nottingham to visit Nottingham Arboretum, Church Cemetery and St Ann’s Allotments. Nottingham Arboretum was laid out in 1850–52 by Samuel Curtis (1779–1860), nurseryman and publisher, later additions include a Chinese bell tower and Russian Sebastopol cannon. Church Cemetery, also known as Rock Cemetery, opened in 1856, was laid out by Edwin Patchitt around the sandstone rocks and old sandpits on the site. It includes catacombs and some fine Edwardian monuments. St Ann’s Allotments, include 670 gardens over three connected sites including Hungerhill Gardens. The gardens are still in their original 1830s layout and are a rare survival of hedged plots or detached town gardens. For further information visit

We will return to Ancaster Hall where the Conference Dinner will take place.

One of many different uses made of water at Newstead Abbey

One of many different uses made of water at Newstead Abbey

Sunday: Visits will take place on Sunday to Newstead Abbey and Papplewick Hall. Sir John Byron purchased the Newstead estate which included both properties following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The gardens and ponds of Newstead Abbey were laid out by the fourth Lord Byron in the early eighteenth century. The poet, George Gordon, sixth Lord Byron sold the estate in the early eighteenth century. Subsequent owners made further additions to the gardens in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The present Papplewick Hall was built 1781–87 on the site for Frederick Montegu, a friend of William Mason, Thomas Grey and Horace Walpole who are thought to have influenced the design of the parkland. Throsby described the improvements in 1790 ‘… the ground, formed by nature into swells and declivities which slope smoothly into a plain with any abrupt or broken parts, has been laid out with infinite taste and judgement’.

Coaches will leave Papplewick by 4.30pm and return to Ancaster Hall, Nottingham via the railway station. Please check rail times before booking.

Conference fee per person for the whole conference: £310 (includes ensuite single rooms, all meals, entrances, lectures and coach travel)

Other options:

Early-bird Conference fee (to be paid by 2 April): £295. Non-residential Conference fee (as above except B&B): £200. Extra nights B&B (Thursday and Sunday) available pp/per night: £55

Optional visits: On Friday morning a visit is being arranged to Holme Pierrepont near Nottingham. Please tick the box on your booking form to be sent further details. For details of other places to visit in Nottingham

The conference is for members only. The programme is provisional and may be changed. Local members can attend without booking accommodation and it will be possible to book individual days. All members are encouraged to attend the AGM even if they do not wish to participate in the rest of the programme. Nights can be booked before and after the conference. Bookings close on 5 June 2010 but it would be helpful if members could book as soon as possible.

In the event of cancellation we will not be able to return any costs incurred that cannot be recovered and any refunds will be at the organiser’s discretion. Members are advised to take out personal travel insurance to guard against late cancellation, illness and protection of their personal effects.

To book the Conference download the booking form or to find out further details please contact Chloe Bennett