A series of talks on History, Health and Green Spaces at King’s College London

The Chelsea Historical Pageant in the Old Ranelagh Gardens
Wednesday 21st May 2014
7pm in the History Department on the 8th floor of the Strand Campus, King’s College London

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Dr Tom Hulme, research associate for ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016’, will talk about the wildly popular historical pageantry movement in the Edwardian period, with a focus on the Chelsea Historical Pageant in 1908 and its relationship to the gardens in which it took place. After a short presentation, including lots of original photographs, there will be a Q&A session with the audience.

Refreshments will be available. This event is FREE. Bookinga place using the link here would be helpful but you are welcome to just come along on the day:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-the-chelsea-historical-pageant-in-the-old-ranelagh-gardens-tickets-11601639817


Therapeutic Landscapes: Past and Present
Wednesday 28th May 2014
7pm in the History Department on the 8th floor of the Strand Campus, King’s College London

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Jane Knight, Landscape Architect at the Eden Project, Cornwall, and Dr Clare Hickman, author of Therapeutic Landscapes: A History of Hospital Gardens in England since 1800, will discuss the importance of gardens in healthcare settings, both today and in the past. After short presentations by the speakers, there will be a Q&A session with the audience so come and take part in the discussion.

Refreshments will be available. This event is FREE. Booking a place using the link here would be helpful but you are welcome to just come along on the day: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-therapeutic-landscapes-past-present-tickets-11601683949


Healthy Landscapes: Public Parks and Medicine
Wednesday 4th June 2014
7pm in the History Department on the 8th floor of the Strand Campus, King’s College London

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Dr Katy Layton-Jones, author of the National Review of Research Priorities for Urban Parks, Designed Landscapes and Open Spaces for English Heritage, and Dr Clare Hickman, Wellcome Research Fellow in History of Medicine & Humanities, will explore the relationship between public green spaces and ideas about health and disease. This session will be chaired by Tom Hulme, and there will be plenty of time for discussion following short presentations from the speakers so do come and ask questions.

Refreshments will be available. This event is FREE. Booking a place using the link here would be helpful but you are welcome to just come along on the day: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-healthy-landscapes-public-parks-medicine-tickets-11601695985

 

 

 

Coming soon…

We are still in the development stages for the talks but we plan to have three discussion events at King’s College London during the 2014 Chelsea Fringe. These will explore the role of green spaces for health in urban environments, the importance of therapeutic spaces attached to healthcare buildings and the use and significance of gardens as part of the history of pageants. Watch this space!

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Healthy Spaces: Walking Lambeth’s green spaces as part of the Chelsea Fringe 2014

Dr Clare Hickman will be leading a walk exploring the historic green spaces in the Lambeth area as part of this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival. This tour will take in the gardens of St Thomas’s hospital, look at the role of nineteenth century women such as Florence Nightingale and Octavia Hill on urban spaces, explore the old Bethlem hospital landscape, and consider urban planning and the importance of public parks. Dr Hickman will talk about the role that ideas of health and disease have played in the development of our urban spaces.

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We will meet at 2pm on the 1st of June by the fountain in the image above which is in a public garden at St Thomas’s Hospital which runs alongside Westminster Bridge Road. The walk will last around 90 minutes and will cover a fair amount of ground so do make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

The event is free, but you will need to book via the link below if you would like to attend:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthy-spaces-walking-lambeths-green-spaces-tickets-11169096067

Healthy Spaces: Walking Southwark’s green spaces as part of the Chelsea Fringe 2014

Dr Clare Hickman will be leading a walk exploring the historic green spaces in the Southwark area as part of this year’s Chelsea Fringe Festival. Taking in hospital gardens, spas, lost botanic gardens, urban planning and parks, Dr Hickman will talk about the role ideas of health and disease have played in the development of our urban spaces.

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We will meet at 2pm on Sunday 25th of May 2014, outside the St Thomas Street entrance to Guy’s Hospital. This is the section nearest to London Bridge station.  The walk will take around 90 minutes and will cover a fair amount of ground so please wear sensible shoes.

The event is free, but you will need to book via the link below if you would like to attend.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthy-spaces-walking-southwarks-green-spaces-tickets-11069901373

 

Chelsea Fringe Event Planning

As part of the 2014 Chelsea Fringe, Dr Clare Hickman and Dr Tom Hulme from the History Department of King’s College London will be running events exploring the history of urban green spaces in London. These events, which are being funded through a King’s College London public engagement grant, will include free walking tours of the parks and gardens of Lambeth and Southwark and a series of discussion events. More information will appear here as we develop our plans…

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