The Capability Brown Festival 2016 has stimulated new research and publications about Brown’s work. As part of the legacy of the tercentenary year, this is now being brought together to provide up to date and consistent information for around 100 sites at which Brown is known to have worked.
Sites commissioned as part of the Festival will have a downloadable leaflet by the end of the anniversary year, and up to 100 others will have a new site page, all linked to our interactive map. Each site page will include the results of key research on Brown sites, which will complement the aerial maps of many sites, generously supplied by Historic England.
References on Wikipedia to Capability Brown’s work will also be challenged and updated, or new pages created, to ensure that Wikipedia reflects the latest state of our knowledge.
The Research section of the Capability Brown Festival website will be expanded to provide a central point of access to research on Brown whether on this site or elsewhere. County Gardens Trust and NADFAS volunteers will be helping to source research on sites throughout the country.
This final phase of the Capability Brown Festival project will make available a permanent legacy of research and information for the future.
Key resources links:
- a link to the RHS Lindley Library's Capability Brown Account Book now online with search functions.
- RHS Occasional Papers vol 14, October 2016 Capability Brown and his account book by D. Brown, R. Floud, B. Elliott.
- RBS Archives Capability Brown Bank Account with Drummonds Bank
- Capability Brown aerial photos by Historic England.
- Oxford National Dictionary of Biography which has added Brown connections such as John Spyres this year. It can be accessed with most Local Authority library cards.
- The Royal Collection Trust's Georgian Papers Programme. By 2020, this will house the digitisation of all the RCT's historic manuscripts from the Georgian period c.350,000 pages, dating from 1714-1837
- a booklist of key Capability Brown tomes can be found below.