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Rethinking the country house garden, 1750-1850: Creation and consumption

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    Prof J Stobart
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

This is a collaborative project between Manchester Met and English Heritage focusing on the Georgian gardens at two important houses managed by English Heritage: Audley End and Belsay Hall.

It offers a new perspective by analysing the English garden as a place of consumption and production rather than simply a designed landscape. The focus is on practical issues of supply, maintenance and productivity, and on the ways in which the garden was shaped around its use by different groups and in turn helped to shape practices and identities.

Supervision and placements

The project will be jointly supervised by Prof Jon Stobart from MMU and Dr Andrew Hann from English Heritage, with further support offered by curatorial staff and to site staff and volunteers at both Audley End and Belsay Hall. The project includes a total of fifteen weeks during which the student will be working imbedded at the two properties and the EH office in London. During these periods, the student will work with curatorial staff to disseminate some of their research findings to site staff and volunteer guides. They will also have an opportunity to contribute towards the development of new interpretative schemes planned for both sites.

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