MA Student speaks at Garden History Symposium

Photo of Camelia House and landscape

Current MA West Midlands History student Elaine Mitchell recently presented a paper, ‘A fine crop of peaches and several hundred geraniums’, at the inaugural Garden History Society Graduate Symposium on 22nd July.  

Held at Keele University the Symposium, New Research in Garden History, formed part of the Society’s Annual Conference. Elaine’s paper illustrated aspects of her dissertation research on Birmingham’s early-nineteenth century metallic glasshouse manufacturers, Jones and Clark. 

Selected as one of five speakers, the Symposium gave Elaine, who is hoping to pursue a PhD in garden history, the opportunity to present her research in a professional forum of garden historians, to make new contacts in her field and to exchange knowledge and ideas. Almost as important, the conference was a thoroughly enjoyable experience! 

Her attendance at the conference was supported financially by the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. 

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