November 21st 2.00pm – ‘Garden Design from the 17th to the 20th centuries’ – Dr Stephen Harris – Oxford University Herbaria and Mansfield College

Friends of the Oxfordshire Museum Autumn Talk and Visit 2.00pm – 5.00pm Thursday 21st November, 2019

‘English Garden Design from the 17th to the 20th century’ by Professor Stephen Harris, Oxford University

followed by Tea in Mansfield College at 4.00pm

The Oxford University Botanical Collection had its origins in the mid 17th century with the foundation of the Oxford Physic Garden. Today it comprises approximately one million botanical specimens, of which there are at least 35,000 types. The Collection comprises three principal areas: Fielding-Druce Herbarium (worldwide, pre-1796 and British holdings), Duabeny Herbarium (Forestry and African woody species) and Xylarium (wood block and microscope slide collection).

Professor Harris will take us on a guided tour of the Collections, followed by an informal talk on ‘English Garden Design from the 17th to the 20th centuries’, illustrated with specimens from the Collections. We will then leave the Herbaria and walk the short distance to Mansfield College for a brief tour and, more importantly, Tea in the Old Hall. The ticket cost (£20) includes donations to both the Friends and the Herbaria as well as the price of tea. Some walking, short steps, limited seating in the Herbaria. Own transport required (bus, &, S3, S4, city2 etc.) Space limited to 20 Friends.

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