After retiring from his career in social care, and helping people in horticulture at Perennial, Richard wanted to undertake academic study to underpin his knowledge of garden and landscape history. During a conference on the conservation of gardens, he came across the course brochure for the Institute of Historical Research, and their MA in Garden and Landscape History. Read here what he has to say about the programme. 


I had an interest in garden and landscape history, but I lacked in-depth knowledge of the subject. After I came across the course brochure I was able to speak with the course director at the School of Advanced Study to learn more about the structure and content for the course. I was also recommended this course by others in the field, so it was evident that this course was well known and well respected.

The course is delivered in an inclusive, friendly, seminar format and marries the academic historical rigour with a practical approach. I particularly like the fact that the course goes outside the classroom to archives and gardens. The teaching on the course is very good, and being in a small interesting group of people aids your learning as you gain a lot from each other’s backgrounds.

If you’re currently considering this course, I’d encourage you to go for it – you’ll enjoy it!