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History - Historic Gardens of Kent and Sussex - Online Live

Day of week:
Delivered online
Mixed Level
13:00 - 15:00
6 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

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The aim of this course is to learn about the history and principles of garden design, focussing on several gardens of Kent and Sussex.
Tracing the histories of some of the area’s most iconic gardens, including Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson’s twentieth century Elizabethan folly at Sissinghurst, an example of ‘the picturesque’ and a unique octagonal walled garden at Scotney and Rudyard Kipling’s Nobel Prize funded Rose Garden at Batemans. We will also look at some recreations of significant gardens such as that at the Priest House in West Hoathly and some of the gardens at the properties of the Weald and Downland Museum and we will re-imagine the garden of the Roman villa at Lullingstone.
This course will cover the histories of a number of significant gardens, taking consideration of their settings and the people and events that shaped their creation. We will also look at changing fashions in garden and landscape design throughout history.
By the end of this course:
All students should be able to name one or more prominent historic gardens in the counties of Kent and Sussex.
Most students should be able to identify and describe one or more stylistic elements in garden design and give one or more examples from the gardens studied to demonstrate these characteristics.
Some students should be able to discuss the evolution of the design of one or more of the gardens studied evaluate the influence of historical events on their creation.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Naomi Dickins

Naomi Dickins graduated from the University of Bristol with a B.A. (Hons) in History and also has an Advanced Diploma in Local Historical Studies from the University of Oxford. She has worked as an archivist, historical researcher and lecturer and recently published a history of Tenterden with Amberley Books. Naomi also has a lifelong love of textile and needle crafts, is an embroidery artist, runs textiles workshops and is a designer for Practical Publishing craft magazines.

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How will I be taught?

Each week there will be an informative talk during which class discussion will be encouraged. There is no formal assessment but you will be encouraged to discuss your progress during the course with the tutor and complete an Individual Learning Plan which provides a record of the specific topics you will have covered., , You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free, secure and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

What can I do next?

If you have enjoyed this course you might consider enrolling on further history courses. Your tutor can advise in class, or speak to us. All courses can be found on

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.

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If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ONL/107105/K/NC.