A Bitter-Sweet Heritage? Sugar, Slavery and the 18th Century British Landscape.

Thu 6th Oct 2016 at 7.30 pm

This lecture is part of our ambitious Capability Brown Festival 2016 Audience Development Project and chosen to support Black History Month.
The Festival is managed by the Landscape Institute and is funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Victoria Perry is an architect, historian and associate with DIA Historic Building Consultancy (part of Donald Insall Associates) and also a teaching fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where she completed her RIBA award winning doctorate 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.
This talk will give some historical context to Capability Brown’s landscape transformations by looking more closely at the economics of 18th century British landownership. 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.

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