10 – A History of the Burnley Gardens in Richmond Jane Wilson – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Monday 12 August
The Victorian heritage listed Burnley Gardens are a treasured wonderland that have continuously evolved since 1860 as a garden for research, experimentation and teaching horticulture and agriculture. Now owned by the University of Melbourne, this tradition continues. The Burnley archive collection is one of the University of Melbourne’s 36 collections and this talk will draw on the many historical photographs, record books and artefacts held at the Burnley Gardens campus to illustrate the history of the gardens and the teaching institution.
55 – Gardens in France and Italy Suzanne Collings – 2 sessions from 12.00 to 1.45 on Wednesdays 14 and 21 August
14 August - What is a French garden? How are they different from English Gardens? This talk will cover a wide range of gardens in France-from the south to the Loire Valley and includes gardens near and around Paris. 21 August - Coffee Forum - Gardens in Italy. Italian gardens on the Italian Peninsular around Rome, Sienna, Florence and including the most romantic garden of Ninfa and Villa d’Este south of Rome. There will be afternoon tea in the foyer after this talk.
46 – The Music of History (not to be confused with the “history of music”) Alexander Tyrrell – 3 weekly sessions from 10.00 to 11.45 on Tuesdays 12 to 26 November
Each of the three talks will be based on a piece of music that was closely linked with events or trends of its day. Alexander will play the music and then talk about the historical connection: Tuesday 12 November - Bach’s Coffee Cantata - this is a fun piece which pointed to a big change in European food and drinking customs. Tuesday 19 November - The Radetzky March - a fun piece now but not in its day. Tuesday 26 November - Johann Strauss II The Demolition Men’s Polka - Knocking down the walls of old Vienna.