Cycle trails linking Brown sites, the union of archaeology and Lidar mapping, and a short film on Brown were all discussed at a recent seminar.
The Capability Brown Festival project team held a ‘New ways of looking at Brown’ seminar in early November. It gathered nearly 40 site owners, representatives, academics, researchers, national heritage and trust representatives, and more.
Oliver Cox, Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford, presented an idea to cycle between Capability Brown sites as a way to explore multiple sites. He pitched the idea as the new horseback, a way to use sport as a learning experience about landscape while interacting with the landscape. The idea gathered a lot of positive comment, and is being explored as part of Phase 2 of the Capability Brown Festival.
A stand-out presentation from Tom Dommett, of Petworth House and Trust, explained a project running at the site to uncover what Brown did to the landscape, and how he did it. Petworth is currently linking lidar map information with an archaeological dig to track Brown’s work, and establish how the landscape has evolved over time. Lidar technology (a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light) has been used to create a 3D model of the park, while the excavations are used to gain an idea of how the site would have been originally. The project uses technology, geology and archaeology to uncover history.
Also presented was Stowe’s short film, detailing ‘What would Capability Brown do today?’ The film was developed and shot over a week, through a creative partnership with 9 young people. The film aims to raise awareness of Stowe, which is a manmade landscape. The project was one of six audience development pilots carried out across the UK earlier this year. You can watch the ‘What would you do if you were Capabilty Brown today?’ video on YouTube.
The day was broken into 13 talks in three sections, with Q + As at the end of each section. Other talks included work on geocaching, interpretation of landscape through art, working with artists, volunteer researchers, and volunteer involvement with open days.