The Gardens Trust Online Talk: Unforgettable Gardens: Old Durham Gardens in the context of early Durham gardens with Martin Roberts

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2022

Wednesday 16th March 2022 from 6pm until 7.30pm GMTOld Durham Gardens in the context of early Durham gardens with Martin Roberts

The talk will first offer a contextual summary of the city’s gardens, briefly looking at the medieval period, before more closely examining Durham’s late sixteenth century and seventeenth century gardens, such as those around Durham Castle, examples broadly contemporary with work at Old Durham. The continuing story of the city’s planned landscapes will consider early mid eighteenth-century sites, notably the Durham Riverbanks, many of which have known or probable links with cathedral canon and landscape designer, Joseph Spence.

The 1984-2000 restoration of Old Durham Gardens will then be illustrated in detail, concluding with the continuing restoration and replanting work of the Friends of Old Durham Gardens from 2010, including its revival of Music in the Gardens, a tradition going back almost three hundred years.

Martin Roberts has lived in the Northeast for over fifty years. He studied architecture at Newcastle University before joining the City of Durham as their Conservation Officer. His work included initiating and managing the Old Durham Gardens restoration project. He later joined English Heritage’s Northeast office as their Historic Buildings Inspector.

Martin founded the Northeast Vernacular Architecture Group and is a trustee of the Friends of Old Durham Gardens, a committee member of Durham Diocesan Advisory Committee, Durham Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee and The Northumbria Gardens Trust. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London. Martin has lectured widely on the region’s historic buildings and landscapes, alongside published research in local and national journals, the most recent in 2021, the publication of his revision of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England volume on County Durham.

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