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27 June 2019Harlow and the Gibberd Gallery
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Harlow and the Gibberd Gallery
Thursday 27 June 2019

Cost £50: including coach, refreshments on arrival, entry to Gibberd Gallery, accompanied tour of Harlow ‘Sculpture Town’ and Water Garden, buffet lunch, visit of house and free time to tour Gibberd Garden. The booking form is available here.

 We are following up our October 2018 lecture by Mary Yule, Sculpture and the Landscape, with this visit to one of the towns she featured in her talk. Sir Frederick Gibberd prepared the master plan for Harlow New Town in 1946, and a year later was appointed its Consultant Architectural Planner. In 1957 he bought the Marsh Lane property on the edge of Harlow and from then on, until his death in 1984, he created his highly acclaimed garden. The Gibberd Garden Trust has since realised Sir Frederick’s wish that his house and garden should be open to the public for education and recreation.

On arrival at the Gibberd Gallery we have time for refreshments (included) before a tour of the gallery, which houses watercolours by Piper, Bawden and Nash. We then head off on a walking tour of the Water Gardens. Built between 1958 and 1963, they are designed as a series of three parallel terraces, into which are set two canals, each 250 yards long, with multiple pools, fountains and ponds on all the terrace levels. Rejoining our coach we depart on our guided Sculpture Tour of Harlow, including works by Moore and Rodin. At the end of 2010 Harlow became the world’s first ‘Sculpture Town’. The sculptures are sited throughout the town. Henry Moore's Family Group looks out from the foyer of the Civic Centre onto the Water Gardens where Elisabeth Frink's Boar stands. The tour is followed by a buffet lunch (included) at Sir Frederick's home. In the afternoon we have a tour of the house  and free time to explore the intriguing garden and the eclectic collection of objects contained within it. 

Due to limitations on numbers for the guided tours, we can only accommodate 30 people on this trip.