For over 200 years, cities like Bristol have retained and protected a variety of public green spaces.
From eighteenth-century pleasure walks to Victorian parks and post-war memorial gardens, we have inherited a diverse and valuable canon of urban green spaces.
Yet today, Britain’s public parks and gardens face threats of privatisation, development and dereliction.
Focusing on Bristol, but also taking in the national context, this talk examines the political, economic, and cultural journey that has shaped the form and management of urban green spaces and led us to the crisis point we now face.
Speaker: Dr Katy Layton Jones is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester
This is a UWE Regional History Centre talk.