december-poster-fountains-abbeyTuesday 6th December, 6pm
Room PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green Library, Durham

Michael Ridsdale (Head of Landscape, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal World Heritage Site)- “Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – One Place, Two Ways of Seeing Its Beauty…or Not!”

The story of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is a great source of inspiration yet highlights many challenges. Michael will chart the journey of the acquisition of the estate from public ownership to the National Trust in July 1983. He will explore the ground-breaking conservation work done at the end of the twentieth century, the controversial construction of the Trust’s Visitor Centre and how that decision and the subsequent plans have encouraged a more holistic way of managing the site.

Michael has just celebrated 40 years of working for the Trust. He originally joined the Trust’s Head Gardeners’ training scheme in August 1976. He quickly got a taste for restoration, especially on sites with watery elements. Working at both Lyme Park & Dunham Massey, his knowledge and appreciation for the practical application of landscape conservation and restoration brought him to the attention of the Trust’s advisory team. They strongly suggested that he should move to Studley in 1984, where he has been working ever since.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

The lecture is free of charge. Please reserve your place by writing to the organiser at raffaella.aliprandi@durham.ac.uk


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