The Birkbeck Garden History Group (BGHG) was founded in 2002 by students of the Birkbeck College’s Garden History courses which began in 1995. We now have over 200 members. Our committee organises lectures and study days on garden history topics, visits to gardens of historical interest, and occasional gallery tours or library visits and private views of garden history relevance. Two collections of postgraduate research papers in garden history have been published: Grand Gardens and Green Spaces (2006) and Fantasy, Form and Function (2010). We produce a newsletter for members three times a year.
The garden visits are organised monthly between April and October. Many of our visits are to gardens of particular interest not normally open to the public, or that are difficult to access by public transport. Visits frequently include a guided tour by the owner or head gardener. Our visits are usually taken by private coach, leaving from central London at 8.30 am.
See BGHG future events for details of garden visits planned for this year.
The reputation of BGHG is such that it can and does attract high profile speakers of national or even international repute at its annual Study Day, with a different theme each year. The Study Day takes place in late February or early March each year.
See BGHG future events for details of this year’s Study Day.
Lectures, seminars and visits
From November to March BGHG organises various events which usually combine a lecture with the opportunity for members to socialise. Visits to libraries and gallery tours or private views may be included. The Annual General Meeting, usually held in February, also includes a lecture and social gathering after concluding brief official business.
See BGHG future events for details of this year’s plans.
Our newsletter, issued three times a year, reports on recent visits and other activities, gives details of forthcoming BGHG events and lists news, courses and events of other organisations relating to garden history.