Therapeutic landscapes: the design and use of Bristol's hospital gardens since 1800

Date: 21 June 2018
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30


UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

Therapeutic Landscapes: The Design and Use of Bristol's Hospital Gardens since 1800 - Clare Hickman

Focusing on examples from the Bristol area, this talk will explore the history of the garden as a therapeutic space. Considering both the use of hospital gardens within the city and the creation of specialist institutions in more rural areas, the interrelationship between the urban and the pastoral in relation to concepts of health and disease will be revealed.

We will trace their history from the grottos and summerhouses of elite nineteenth-century lunatic asylums, through Florence Nightingale's championing of the Victorian pavilion hospital design with its courtyard gardens, to the open-air institutions of the Edwardian period with their revolving chalets. Specific examples will include Brislington House Asylum founded by Dr Edward Long Fox, the roof garden of Bristol General Hospital, the open-air landscape of Winford Orthopaedic Hospital and the Wills's Homeopathic Hospital.

Dr Clare Hickman is a lecturer in History at the University of Chester.

How to attend

There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole
E-mail: rhc@uwe.ac.uk

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