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Capability Brown and Royal Gardens conference, 6th-8th June 2016 Hampton Court Palace

Capability Brown Tercentenary

Wilderness House, where Brown lived at Hampton Court 1764-1783.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the designer who transformed the designed landscape and created a style which has shaped ideas and images of the quintessential English countryside. The year will be marked by a series of events, conferences and publications across the country.

Jonathan Finch (University of York) is working with colleagues at the Universities of Sheffield and East Anglia, as well as experts from Historic Royal Palaces on a conference to be held at Hampton Court, London, where Brown lived and worked as the Royal Gardener between 1764 and 1783. Academics, curators and designers from Europe and the UK will be gathering to discuss the latest research on Brown, his practices and contemporaries, as well as the challenges of working with his legacy in the twenty-first century and beyond.