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IHBC Reading 2024 Webinar Series – The beginnings of a creative partnership: Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens at Munstead Wood

16 May - 13:00 - 14:30


Forming part of the IHBC Reading Annual School 2024, we are delighted to announce the third online event in our pre-conference webinar series, presented by Dr Caroline Ikin: The beginnings of a creative partnership: Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens at Munstead Wood 

Thursday, 16th May 2024 1.00pm – 2.30pm

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As the home of celebrated gardener Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), Munstead Wood holds deep significance as the place where her ideal of the ‘artist-gardener’ achieved complete expression.  As a trained artist, Jekyll focussed her attention on gardening and garden design when her deteriorating eyesight forced her to give up painting, but her artistic energies were also directed towards the decorative arts, design and collecting.  Recent research on the interiors and furnishing of Munstead Wood offers insight into the collaboration between Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) to create a domestic space shaped around arts and crafts ideals.  This talk will introduce the interiors of Munstead Wood, now in the care of the National Trust, and will explore the creative partnership between Jekyll and Lutyens, beginning at Munstead Wood and shaping houses and gardens into the twentieth century and beyond.

About the Speaker: Dr Caroline Ikin

Dr Caroline Ikin is National Trust Curator at Munstead Wood.  She has previously worked in museums and for the Gardens Trust and her research interest is in nineteenth century art, architecture and gardens.  She is author of The Victorian Garden (2012), The Victorian Gardener (2014), The Kitchen Garden (2017) and has written for the Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyGarden HistoryFurniture HistoryMuseums Journal and various other publications, and was awarded the Mavis Batey Essay Prize in 2022.  She has lectured widely, including at the Gardens Trust, V&A, Furniture History Society, Watts Gallery and Oxford University.

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This event is free to attend, and counts towards your CPD!


16 May
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