2016 is a landmark in the story of the Bloomsbury Squares, as they face serious council cuts and explore possible new ways of finance. The Study Day will trace the history of the squares, from their creation as country oases in an urban setting, through their prominent role in the early heritage conservation movement and the postwar opening of many to the public, followed by decline and then reinvigoration at the millennium, to the current situation. We are including a number of short walks to view individual features of the squares as part of the programme.
Venue: UCL School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Square, London (Nearest underground stations are Russell Square, Kings Cross/St Pancras, Euston and Holborn)
Booking through Eventbrite from 1 March 2016: https://bloomsburysquaresstudyday.eventbrite.co.uk Tickets (incl. lunch and refreshments) £32
The history, development and conservation of the Bloomsbury Squares Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape architect and author of The London Square
Green Heritage – the planting of the Bloomsbury Squares Letta Jones, Garden Historian
Tales of Brunswick Square – its life and times Ricci de Freitas local historian and author of Tales of Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury’s Untold Past
Opening the Squares to public activities – including Victorian flower shows Dr David Marsh, Garden Historian
Looking to the future The challenges of the present and opportunities for the future will be explored