This Symposium celebrates the restoration of the 17th-century Great Hall of Lambeth Palace as one of the most beautiful spaces in Britain.
Why has the lost Garden of Eden inspired writers and designers from ancient times to the present day? And how have visions of the garden changed over the centuries?
•Jennifer Potter, author of Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants and The Rose on the ‘Tradescants’ quest for Eden’.
•Dr James Bartos, garden historian, on ‘The Spiritual Orchard: God, Garden and Landscape in the 17th Century’.
•Scott Mandelbrote, Director of Studies in History on ‘Eden: the Bible and the Gardeners’.
•Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum, on ‘The search for Paradise from Captain Bligh to Stanley Spencer’.
•Margaret Willes, author of The Making of the English Gardener on ‘Working Class Edens’.
•Tom Stuart-Smith, landscape designer, on ‘Revisiting Paradise’.
The Symposium is also an opportunity to see books and manuscripts from Lambeth Palace Library, such as Archbishop Bancroft’s copy of Thomas More’s Utopia and eighteenth-century plans of the Palace gardens, introduced by Giles Mandelbrote, Librarian of Lambeth Palace Library. At lunchtime you can visit the Palace gardens with Head Gardener, Nick Stewart.
£60 (£45 for Friends of Lambeth Palace Library and Friends of the Garden Museum) to include lunch. Please book here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org