Annual Symposium at The MERL, University of Reading

Saturday 16 March 2019, 10am to 5pm.

Existing and new members welcome and open to non members

Landscape of Play: design for children’s play

This year’s FOLAR Seminar deals with design of children’s play and considers its future. Speakers include (subject to confirmation):

  • Carley Sefton, Chief Executive, Learning Through Landscapes Trust Learning through Landscapes: the first three decades
  • Dr Luca Csepely-Knorr & Dr Amber Roberts, Manchester Metropolitan University on Michael Brown and his work with children
  • Maisie Rowe on Adventure Playgrounds: Lady Allen of Hurtwood
  • Helen Woolley University of Sheffield, on Playing the streets: past, present and future
  • Andrée Davies, DW Landscape Architects Play for challenged children

Chair: Adam White President Landscape Institute. A symposium with full opportunity for discussion with question time after each talk and a general conversation with the speakers at the end of the day.

The symposium will begin at 10am until 5pm, and all (members and non members) are welcome from 10am onwards, lunch included and the afternoon seminar will run from 2-5pm.Duplicate books from the LI collection will be on sale.

Cost: for FOLAR members £30 incl. lunch

For non members £40. incl. lunch

PLEASE BOOK EARLY FOR THIS EVENT as we have a limit on numbers – 50 maximum.

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Location of symposium, The MERL (The Museum of English Rural Life) Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX, map: a short bus ride from Reading Railway Station, no.21, to Crown Place Passage stop on Kendrick Road. It is c.20 minutes brisk walk from the station.


Why? Because they are a VALUABLE RESOURCE, an INSPIRATION and so much more....

Civic Park, Modena, Italy, Geoffrey Jellicoe

Civic Park, MODENA, Italy. Design by Geoffrey Jellicoe. © MERL/Landscape Institute

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promote the landscape collections deposited at MERL to a wider audience


encourage the landscape profession to value its own archival record


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