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The Improvement Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay at Luton: Kate Harwood

March 22, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In 1984, Luton Council commissioned Ian Hamilton Finlay of Little Sparta to design a garden at Stockwood Park. Finlay came up with six sculptural features set in a glade with strong links to Ovid, Greek Mythology and the English Landscape Garden. He designed it with the head gardener of Luton Council to be A People’s Arcadia, incorporating a sacred grove, many memento mori and several puns – all set in the echo of the 18th century landscape of the now demolished Stockwood House. It has recently been added to the Historic England Register at Grade II*. Talks are now underway to revitalise this garden.

Please register your interest via hertstalks@gmail.com A link will be sent out by e-mail to those who have registered for each talk shortly before the scheduled date. There will be no charge for these talks.


March 22, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Herts Talks



HALH Symposium 2020 – The Country House at War – online talks in November

Dear Member,

The following message and invitation comes from the Hertfordshire Association for Local History. You may be interested in the talks on offer.

HALH Symposium 2020
As you will know, because of current restrictions on large gatherings, it will not be possible for us to hold our annual Symposium this year. However, we are very pleased to announce that a number of the speakers who were to have given talks at the Symposium in November have agreed to offer them online.

You are invited to the following talks which are to be broadcast online on Wednesday evenings during November:

Wednesday 4 November – Helen Fry, ‘Trent Park: Home of the Secret Listeners’
Wednesday 11 November – Alistair Hodgson, ‘Salisbury Hall and the de Havilland Aircraft company’
Wednesday 18 November – Roger Yapp, ‘Poles Apart: The story of Barnes Lodge, Kings Langley in World War 2’
Wednesday 25 November – Des Turner, ‘The Special Operations Executive (SOE) at Aston House, the Frythe, Briggens and The Thatched Barn’

Each talk will start at 8.00pm and last no more than 45 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for questions.

Please let us know by replying to mailto:contact@halh.org.uk< if you would like to attend any or all of these talks. There is no charge but places are limited and priority will be given on a first come, first served basis.

If you notify us that you would like to attend, you will receive an email invitation from our committee member Kris Lockyear on the day before the talk. Talks will be broadcast via the video conferencing tool ‘Zoom’ and can be viewed on a PC (with audio speakers), laptop (with audio speakers), tablet or smartphone. To watch each talk online, it will simply be a matter of ‘double clicking’ on a link contained in Kris’s email. It will not be necessary to download any software. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and instructions about how to do this will be included in the email.

We are very grateful to our speakers for offering their talks online.

With best wishes
Sheila White