About us

FOLAR Committee 2018/19

Chair: Annabel Downs; Secretary: Colin Moore; Treasurer: Helen Neve; Membership: Helen Brown; Events: Robert Holden

Committee Members: Phillada Ballard; Diana Armstrong Bell; Kristoff Fatsar; Hal Moggridge; Jan Woudstra. Ruth Benson (co-opted/corresponding)

Why the name: FOLAR?

FOLAR is the acronym for "friends of the landscape library and archive at (the University of) Reading"

FOLAR is keen to see the landscape collections at Reading promoted, used for research and to grow over time. These archival records need to be valued and conserved because, as one of our members, Lindsey Abbott, put it when describing the Landscape Institute's library and archive: "(it) is not a static canon but rather an evolving body of work that documents trends over time through a variety of media"

Regents Place, London


We became FOLAR after the Landscape Institute's library and archive were deposited at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in 2013. MERL is part of the University of Reading. For further details on MERL see www.reading.ac.uk/merl


Join Us!

If you would like to join us or are just interested to know more about FOLAR, please get in touch by emailing us with your contact details on the form provided here

Alternatively, click on the Membership page to download our membership application form, or email to info@folar.uk