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In Celebration! The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden

Thursday 17th October 2019, 2:00pm

Landscape parks and gardens are the archetypal setting for English country houses. They are traditionally seen as three dimensional works of art – pictures created from trees, grass and water, occasionally punctuated by a carefully placed garden building, or eye-catcher. So often they are depicted as quiet places, almost devoid of life, but these beautiful pictures were made to be lived in, used and enjoyed.

The talk is based on Kate’s book, The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden, which sets out to re-populate the garden and park, illustrating that lakes were for sailing and fishing, smooth turf lent itself to fast carriage driving and eye-catchers provided escape from the busy country house, for quiet retreat and select private parties.

Dr Kate Felus is a garden historian and historic landscape consultant. She is an expert on the social history of eighteenth and early nineteenth century designed landscapes.

Tickets: £7.50 / £5.00 for Friends of The Fan Museum.

Includes Museum entrance plus tea, coffee and biscuits following the lecture.

Early booking is essential as all similar events at the Museum have sold out many weeks in advance.

Please telephone the Museum on 020 8305 1441 or click the Eventbrite link below to purchase your ticket. For further information please contact


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Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00
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The Museum is open as usual Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11h00-17h00 (last admissions at 16h30).

Please note that we will be closed from Thursday 2nd June to Saturday 4th June inclusive for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

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