Postgraduate > MA in Garden History

Tim Mowl is now Course Director of a new MA in Garden History which is taught under the aegis of the Institute of Humanities at the University of Buckingham. The course aims to provide students with an informed knowledge of how gardens and designed landscapes may be understood as cultural artefacts, primarily through the study of British garden history. The focus is on an integrated approach to landscape and garden art, architecture and design in their cultural and social contexts.

The skills section includes a practical introduction to interpreting archaeological, physical and visual evidence, and to conservation and management issues. Teaching consists of lectures and seminars, but the majority of the taught sessions are study visits to gardens and landscapes both in England and abroad, many of which are privately owned. The MA begins with an introductory, three-day, visit to major landscapes where students are encouraged to walk the grounds and consult documentary sources in their analysis of the sites. In October 2012 the study weekend will be based in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and the gardens to be studied will include Blenheim, Stowe, Heythrop, Shotover and Rousham. Thereafter, students attend dinners in London where major scholars in the field present illustrated lectures on topics for discussion. 

For further information about the course and admission procedure contact:

Miss Teena Warnakulasuriya at the Univeristy of Buckingham on 01280 820116 or by email: