Will it be a Brown Christmas?

16.12.2016 | category: General

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for someone interested in heritage, landscape architecture, or horticulture? We have some Capability Brown gift inspiration for you!

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Memberships & Subscriptions

What could be a better gift than membership or a subscription to one of our friends and partners? Explore the list below:

The Gardens Trust
If you would like to support the charitable objectives of The Gardens Trust and the conservation of historic parks and gardens, consider buying a loved one membership to support the only national charity dedicated to the research and conservation of designed landscapes in England and Wales and to campaigning on their behalf.

Your local County Garden Trust
As well as supporting the national The Gardens Trust, why not give the gift of the local County Gardens Trust? If you know someone interested in local garden heritage then this may be the perfect gift!

Open Garden Squares Weekend are offering special early bird tickets for Open Garden Squares Weekend 17-18th June 2017 at a special reduced price. Organised by London Parks and Gardens Trust. (Limited tickets available and offer ends 23rd December 2016).

Historic Houses Association 
The HHA offers Friends Membership for individuals or families, living in the UK and abroad, who support the aims and work of the Association and enjoy visiting historic houses. They form a valuable body of enlightened support. When you become a Friend, you get a special membership card which allows you free entry to some 300 properties. Search for properties from the homepage of their website or download their free iphone app from the AppStore to see where you can visit free as a Friend.

English Heritage
Join English Heritage for unlimited access to over 400 historic places for a whole year, where you can stand in the places where history happened.

Royal Horticultural Society membership brings unlimited days out in RHS gardens, exclusive access to shows and expert advice, all whilst helping support a beautiful Britain. Alternatively, you can support the conservation of a book from the internationally important RHS Lindley Library, home of the sole surviving Capability Brown Account Book.

Become a Friend of the National Churches Trust the national, independent, charity dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. National Churches Trust recently partnered with the Capability Brown Festival to launch a new #explorechurches website for church visitors. To continue this partnership, NCT is offering all readers of our newsletter an introductory offer to join at a reduced membership fee of just £20 for the first year. To find out more and download a membership form, click here.

Embroiderers’ Guild
The Embroiderers’ Guild is the home of stitch and textile art, being the international voice for embroidery. The Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in any area of embroidery and pride themselves on being recognised as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art.

National Trust
As a member of the National Trust, you can enjoy free access to hundreds of unforgettable places and help protect them for future generations.

The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS)
Every year thousands of people study, conserve and promote the decorative and fine arts through NADFAS. Find out what NADFAS has in store and join today.

Historic Royal Palaces
Treat a loved one to a gift membership and make their year special and full of great days out! Membership to Historic Royal Palaces is the perfect gift to give because it will save the lucky recipient money every time they visit one of the six fantastic palaces. The membership card covers entry into the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. All of which are packed full of great days out and opportunities for families to really spend quality time together.

Members of the Georgian Group are part of an engaged and dynamic community who share Georgian architecture as an interest. Help support their work saving and preserving Georgian buildings and landscapes and enjoy exclusive benefits such as members-only events by becoming a member today.


Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens 2017
Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens has been loved and trusted as the definitive guide to heritage sites for 30 years. The 2017 edition brings you information on when to visit nearly 1000 of our grandest stately homes, great heritage gardens and undiscovered hidden gems tucked away in every corner of the country. Gorgeous photographs throughout make planning inspirational and finding your way is made easy with maps and directions.

National Gardens Scheme (NGS) opens gardens for charity, raising over £45million since 1927. They offer a range of events, products and books, including the Gardens to Visit (formerly know as The Yellow Book)

Royal Mail issued a set of Special Stamps in 2016 to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Locations on the stamp feature Blenheim Palace, Longleat, Compton Verney, Highclere Castle, Alnwick Castle, Berrington Hall, Stowe and Croome Park. A range of presentation packs and postcards are available.

English Heritage Shop’s Capability Brown Range
By exploring the English Heritage online shop you’ll not only find a wealth of unusual and inspiring gift ideas, but you will also be supporting their work to maintain and restore over 400 historic sites across England. 

One of the Capability Brown books on our booklist!
Why not purchase one of the great Capability Brown books on our booklist? Scroll down our Research page to find the download link to the latest version of our list. You can buy them via the link provided on the PDF or by searching at Waterstones, Hive, Amazon, or any other good bookshop.