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  • Writer's pictureBridgette Macilwaine

Landscape Institute South East AGM

Brilliant day at our Landscape Institute South East AGM with a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in Reading to view the landscape archives.

This was a great opportunity to network with other south east members and enjoy delicious cakes and drinks organised by Guy, Caroline, Mat, and the MERL and Reading University team.

As the Chair of the LISE, it was great to have our President-elect Carolin Göhler to join us, and to welcome the newly Chartered member Theresa Dendy.

Many thanks to all the LISE committee for their support and volunteering time over the past year , and thanks to the members those who joined us on the day.

We reviewed the activities over the past year, received the Treasureres report from Tim Dyer and the Committee election outcomes from Georgina Trueman. We also shared several exciting plans and events for the year ahead, both online and in person, and hope to meet up with other LISE members in the year ahead.

The LI Archive comprises a remarkable collection of original drawings and associated material, carried out by Landscape Architects practising since 1929. The Institute built up a collection of library books and archives relating to the practice of design and management with the purpose of creating a national landscape collection. See more information on the archives held at MERL - visit this here.

The Archive is the largest collection of internationally significant landscape drawings and papers in the UK: 

  • Much of the material is original and unique

  • It includes a series of collections, each attributed to individual landscape architects or practices, who have developed their own personal and often unique approach to landscape architecture

  • Landscape architects’ drawings and related papers reveal much about the cultural and social heritage of our designed landscape and demonstrate how landscapes and places can be and have been transformed

  • The work includes masterplans and presentation drawings, elevations, sections and construction details, preliminary sketches, maps, notebooks, diaries, photographs, slides, glass lantern slides, videos, films, and records such as correspondence, job files and business records

If you're a Landscape Architect, Designer, Manager, Assistant, etc and wish to participate and help out, we encourage all levels of the profession to get in touch with us:

  • help with organising events in your area,

  • organising online talks or presentations,

  • assisting with social media

  • attending careers fairs


Thanks for reading, any questions, we would love to hear from you!


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