Half Term at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

Artists as Designers: Build a Book Sat 26 May – Fri 1 Jun, 11am – 4pm A drop-in session in the Studio where you will learn how to build your own book from cover to pages and decorate. Visit our exhibitions Until Sun 10 Jun Final weeks of our Spring Exhibitions! Don’t miss Ravilious & Co and Created in Conflict. FREE entry for Members.   Half Term Forest School Thu 31 May, 11am – 4pm Create May Crowns, Forest School Wands and take part in weaving activities this May Half Term.   Orienteering Daily, 11am – 4pm Explore the grounds with our orienteering trails, a great way to grab some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors!   Discover our wildlife Our grounds are full of wildlife! Spot birds on the lake from our bird hide, have a go at pond dipping, find the bats in our Ice House and loads more.   Adventure Playground Climb, swing and explore in our children’s adventure playground,  


Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men

Following the launch of a new book titled Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men – Landscape Revolution in Eighteenth century England, I’m glad to introduce a short talk that is taking place tomorrow, July 6th at Compton Verney, by the authors David Brown and Tom Williamson. For those interested or intrigued by the charismatic Mr Brown, this is a great opportunity to learn more first hand from the authors themselves; respected landscape historians. The talk will of course focus on the Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men book and in doing so will feature facts about the fascinating 18th century landscape garden designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, bringing particular focus to his business and drawing comparisons with similar figures such as the Adam brothers, Thomas Chippendale and Josiah Wedgewood. As you may know, Brown worked at Compton Verney for many years from 1768, creating a rural masterpiece that continues to be nurtured and cared for today. David Brown is Tutor of Landscape History at the University of Cambridge. Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia. His books include Polite Landscapes: Gardens and Society in Eighteenth-century England (1998). Enquiries: If you’d like to find out more about the […]


Capability Brown Festival Update – Compton Verney

On Monday this week I ventured down to the capital for a workshop with a difference, titled New Ways of Looking at Brown. ‘Capability’ Brown was the subject of course, around which we learned from a range of speakers of some of the diverse projects that are springing up, with encouragement from the CB300 festival committee.


Capability Brown Festival Information Day

At Compton Verney tomorrow, Wednesday 18th June, we’re playing hosts to a Capability Brown Festival Information Day. Although this is a private event, engagement activities will be placed around the grounds from midday onwards – therefore, if you’re wondering which afternoon you should visit this week – Wednesday would be ideal! 


CB300 – Capability Brown Tercentenary 2016

For landscape, garden and history supporters, an exciting year is on the horizon as Twenty Sixteen will mark three hundred years since the birth of our most famous gardener – Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Many estates across the land will be looking to host events as we move towards and through 2016, in an effort to build interest and awarness for this fascinating ‘place-maker’ or garden designer. Compton Verney in particular plans to draw focus toward its landscape garden, a beautifully formed example of an eighteenth century English landscape garden, a natural style of landscaping that Brown is well known for. Over two hundred landscapes nationwide bear the mark of Brown and to ensure a unified and consistent approach, a group formed in 2012 with the aim of representing the interests of us all, the group will be working under the title of CB300. The scope is very wide but essentially the CB300 committee aim to coordinate and encourage events as we move towards and through the tercentenary year. Individuals within the group represent many of our best known heritage and tourism organisations, and the group is supported by many individuals from independant landscapes and gardens. I understand a central website for the tercentenary group is under construction, and when this goes live I’ll be sure […]

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