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Wednesday, November 11
 

09:45

Registration and coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday November 11, 2015 09:45 - 10:15
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

10:15

Welcome from Mike MacCormack, General Manager, Stourhead
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday November 11, 2015 10:15 - 10:30
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

10:30

Hoares, Tours and the Country House
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Roey Sweet

Roey Sweet

Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester
TITLE: TOURS, HOARES AND COUNTRY HOUSES. | ABSTRACT: Henry the Magnificent’s creation of gardens at Stourhead, his father’s neo-Palladian mansion, was directly inspired by his intellectual engagement with classical antiquity, but in a highly eclectic and, indeed , creative way.   A definitively English landscape was created that drew its imaginative force and meaning  from the literature of antiquity- notably... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

11:45

Session 1: Classical influences in the eighteenth-century garden
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for David Jacques

David Jacques

Garden historian and Conservationist
TITLE: LORD BURLINGTON AND HIS CIRCLE. | ABSTRACT: ‘Richard Boyle, third Earl of Burlington, is important to the story of Stourhead in a number of ways’. Kenneth Woodbridge, Landscape and Antiquity, p.8. | The identity of the architect of most of the garden buildings at Stourhead takes us straight back to the early days at Chiswick. Henry Flitcroft was Lord Burlington’s draughtsman throughout the 1720s and was involved in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Symes

Michael Symes

Independent Scholar
TITLE: GREECE AND THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY GARDEN. | ABSTRACT: Although Greece had an enormous cultural reputation in the eighteenth century, the country itself was almost a closed book to westerners, as a result of Turkish occupation and re-conquest.  There was a steady trickle of visitors from the late seventeenth century, but no serious attempts to study and draw antiquities were made until Richard Dalton joined an expedition in 1749. ... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2015 11:45 - 12:45
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

12:45

Lunch

There are a number of possible lunch options:

The Spread Eagle Inn, Stourton - just across the court yard.

The Stourhead Restaurant - this is the onsite National Trust restaurant, just a brief walk from the conference venue.

Pasties, pies, etc. from the Stourhead Farm Shop.


Wednesday November 11, 2015 12:45 - 13:45
Suggested venues see text for recommendations

13:45

Session 2: Theoretical approaches to studying classical influences
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Susan Deacy

Susan Deacy

Principal Lecturer, University of Roehampton
TITLE: FROM ROEHAMPTON TO STOURHEAD: HERCULES AND THE ENGLISHING OF CLASSICAL MYTH. | ABSTRACT: As Pevsner put it, "there is still nothing like Roehampton anywhere in London to get an impression of the aristocratic Georgian country villa" (Buildings of  England 687). My paper starts off by exploring one aspect of this "impression": a Choice of Hercules chimneypiece panel in what is now one of the showpiece rooms of the University of... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Hughes

Jessica Hughes

Lecturer in Classical Studies, The Open University
TITLE: RECEPTION AND MEMORY. | ABSTRACT: Receptions of classical antiquity take many different forms. At Stourhead, we find neoclassical statues alongside ancient-but-restored statues, oil paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects, marble busts of historical figures, miniature bronzes representing Roman gladiators, bookshelves full of Greek and Latin texts, marble urns with classical mouldings…and so the list goes on. Despite... Read More →
avatar for Susie West

Susie West

Lecturer in Art History, The Open University
TITLE: BEYOND FASION, MORE THAN SCHOLARSHIP: THE CASE FOR THE SENSES. ABSTRACT: The origins of how we understand garden design as an art begin shortly before Henry Hoare I bought Stourton manor in 1717. Joseph Addison published his influential essay ‘The Pleasures of the Imagination’ in 1712. Addison held up the apparently natural appearance of Chinese designed landscapes as offering insights into the subjective sensations of aesthetic... Read More →


Wednesday November 11, 2015 13:45 - 15:15
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

15:15

Afternoon tea and coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday November 11, 2015 15:15 - 15:45
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

15:45

Session 3: Beyond Stourhead: Classical influences at other Georgian country houses
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Alan Montgomery

Alan Montgomery

PhD Student, Birkbeck College, University of London
TITLE: CALEDONIA’S “VIRGILIAN ELYSIUM”: THE RECOVERY AND REINVENTION OF ROMAN SCOTLAND AT PENICUIK HOUSE. | ABSTRACT: Sir John Clerk of Penicuik (1676-1755) is now recognised as Scotland’s preeminent eighteenth-century Romanist antiquarian. His interest in ancient Rome was piqued during a ‘Grand Tour’ in 1697, and in 1722 he inherited the family seat of Newbiggin near Edinburgh. Clerk’s treatment of the... Read More →
avatar for David Noy

David Noy

Associate Lecturer, The Open University
TITLE: DELOS IN THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY GARDEN | ABSTRACT: The Aegean island of Delos was a rich source of antiquities for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century collectors.  Densely populated in Antiquity, it had become completely uninhabited, and passing travellers could help themselves to anything which would fit into their ship, without needing to negotiate with the Ottoman authorities.  Visitors started to complain that there was nothing... Read More →
avatar for Nicola Pritchard-Pink

Nicola Pritchard-Pink

Independent Scholar
TITLE: THE INTEGRAL PORTRAYAL OF COUNTRY HOUSE, GARDEN AND ESTATE AT HERRIARD HOUSE IN HAMPSHIRE. | ABSTRACT: Using the case study of George Purefoy Jervoise of Herriard House in Hampshire, I shall demonstrate the vital relationship between country house, garden and estate, all combining to form an integrated image of the landowner. | Upon inheriting in 1794, Jervoise undertook major improvements on his estate. These included increasing... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Westerhof

Danielle Westerhof

Independent scholar
TITLE: ‘TRACED WITH GREAT TASTE’: RECREATING ARCADIA AT KEDLESTON HALL. ABSTRACT: Kedleston Hall has been hailed as a masterpiece of eighteenth-century neo-classicism – a temple of the arts built by the ambitious Nathaniel Curzon with the help of the equally ambitious Robert Adam. Faced with the splendour of Adam’s south front, modelled on the Arch of Constantine, inscribed with the confident and proud legend Amicis et sibi, it is easy... Read More →



Wednesday November 11, 2015 15:45 - 18:00
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

18:30

Drinks reception at Stourhead House
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday November 11, 2015 18:30 - 20:00
Stourhead House Stourton, Wiltshire BA12 6QF
 
Thursday, November 12
 

09:00

Procul O procul este Profanis: Stourhead – A Classical Elysium in a Picturesque Landscape
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Richard Wheeler

Richard Wheeler

National Specialist in Garden History, National Trust
TITLE: PROCUL O PROCUL ESTE PROFANIS: STOURHEAD - A CLASSICAL ELYSIUM IN A PICTURESQUE LANDSCAPE.


Thursday November 12, 2015 09:00 - 10:00
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

10:00

Session 4: Classical influences at Georgian Stourhead
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Oliver Cox

Oliver Cox

Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Oxford
TITLE: WALKING THE PATHS OF GEORGIAN STOURHEAD. | ABSTRACT: This paper will build upon my 2012 Garden History article, ‘A Mistaken Iconography? Eighteenth-Century Visitor Accounts of Stourhead’, which suggested that visitors may not have enjoyed Stourhead in the way twentieth- and twenty-first-century scholars hoped they did. I will compare and contrast the growing popularity of Stourhead as managed by the National Trust with the... Read More →
avatar for Dudley Dodd

Dudley Dodd

Independent Scholar, National Trust - Retired
TITLE: RYSBRACK'S DOCUMENTED WORK AT STOURHEAD - A REFRESHER COURSE. | ABSTRACT: A chronology of Rysbrack’s documented work purchased and commissioned by Henry Hoare II (1705-85) for the house and garden with some observations on the sculptor’s pictorial sources. | BIOGRAPHY: Dudley Dodd worked in the Historic Buildings Department of the National Trust from 1974 to 2000. In addition to writing guide books for houses in the... Read More →
avatar for John Harrison

John Harrison

Doctoral Candidate, The Open University
TITLE: STOURHEAD GARDEN STATUARY: MORE THAN JUST 'SQUABBY CUPIDS'? | ABSTRACT: Theorists of meaning at Stourhead gardens have tended to suppose that a 'grand plan' was intended. The best known theory is the one proposed by Kenneth Woodbridge, who suggested that the circuit walk at Stourhead was intended to recapitulate Aeneas' journey to found Rome. However, there is very little evidence to support this view. In my presentation I will... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2015 10:00 - 11:45
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

11:45

Morning tea and coffee
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday November 12, 2015 11:45 - 12:00
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

13:00

Lunch

There are a number of possible lunch options:

The Spread Eagle Inn, Stourton - just across the court yard

The Stourhead Restaurant - this is the onsite National Trust restaurant a brief walk from the conference venue.

Pasties, pies, etc. from the Stourhead Farm Shop (www.stourhead.com/shop/farmshop/)


Thursday November 12, 2015 13:00 - 14:00
Suggested venues see text for recommendations

14:00

The conservation and management of the garden at stourhead
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Alan Power

Alan Power

Garden and Estate Manager, National Trust
TITLE: THE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE GARDEN AT STOURHEAD | ABSTRACT: Alan will look at how and why the garden has changed over the years and how we manage and present the garden today.


Thursday November 12, 2015 14:00 - 14:30
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

14:30

Closing comments and discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday November 12, 2015 14:30 - 15:00
Stourton Memorial Hall The Spread Eagle Courtyard Stourton BA12 6QE

15:00

Tour of the gardens
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Alan Power

Alan Power

Garden and Estate Manager, National Trust
TITLE: THE CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE GARDEN AT STOURHEAD | ABSTRACT: Alan will look at how and why the garden has changed over the years and how we manage and present the garden today.


Thursday November 12, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Stourhead Gardens