The Industrial in the Garden.
An illustrated talk by Dr. Dianne Long on Thursday, 2nd March, 2023 at 7pm in The Devon Rural Archive.
A spur to the Industrial Revolution was the combination of art, science and manufacture to delight the demands of a growing consumer society, at the same time satisfying the substantial requirements of Britain’s imperial expansion, for its military and navy, for ships, supplies and ordnance. An overlooked aspect of the earlier part of the Industrial Revolution is that frequently the home of the manufacturer was contiguous with their industrial activity. Close interaction between the design and operation of the industrial activity and the garden was not uncommon. Often, the manufactory, infrastructure, technology and by-products were incorporated into the garden landscapes; they attracted tourists, and, in some cases, the sites were deliberately manipulated as showcases for marketing the products. These landscapes were the ultimate manifestation of the pleasurable and the productive. In this talk Dr. Dianne Long will explore how the industrial coexisted with, and contributed to, the multi-sensory experience of the garden during the Georgian period.
Dr Dianne Long is a garden historian who has lived in Devon for nearly thirty years. She has published on garden history, and other topics including editing a book on local history. She is past chair of Devon Gardens Trust and its current chair of conservation.
Image: A Prospect of the City of Derby, c.1725, oil on canvas, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.
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