This lecture is the last event in Northamptonshire Gardens Trust amitious Audience Development Project as part of the Capability Brown 2016 Festival celebrations, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was planned to support Black History Month with the intention of broadening an understanding of the political, economic and sociological aspects of the 18th Century landscape with particular refence to trade routes, trade connections and links to the transatlantic slave trade. Architect and historian Dr Victoria Perry will show how large profits from the eighteenth century Atlantic trade in plantation-grown products (such as sugar and tobacco) were used to fund the transformation of British farmland into ‘natural-style’ landscapes.
The talk will also examine how new plantation-generated wealth helped to transform once poor and remote areas of western Britain into fashionable tourist destinations including the Wye Valley, the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands.
Victoria Perry works for the architects and historic building consultants Donald Insall Associates and teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where she completed her RIBA-award winning PhD in 2010. She has spoken extensively about her research on the links between the eighteenth century Caribbean and British architecture and landscape in Britain, the USA , the Caribbean and India.