Folly Fellowship Symposium

Start date: November 3, 2018 - End date: November 4, 2018

Location: Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire

A Folly Fellowship Event

A two day Symposium – Day one will be a full day symposium of illustrated talks on a variety of folly-related subjects including:

Michael Cousins Follies in the Chinese Taste – The rise (and fall) of Chinese architecture in 18th cnntury Britain.

Dr Laura Mayer ‘Tea-things, Dragons and Bells’: Humphry Repton’s Greatest Folly

Isobel and Julian Bannerman Timber garden buildings from 1500 to the present day.

Dr Iain Jackson Nek Chand’s Rock Garden at Chandigarh, India

Lady Lucinda Lambton Beastly Follies.

Henry Macrory Whitaker Wright and Other Victorian Moles

The day will include tea/coffee and buffet lunch.

Day two:  A General Meeting of the Charity to present the accounts and business plan for the way ahead.  There will also be a talk by Sarah Finch-Crisp on The History of Lydiard Park.  If time permits, there will be a discussion on legacy projects and what follies mean to us, and a discussion on places that members would like to visit.  All of this will help us shape our future work and future direction.

Tickets are £45.00 for members and £50.00 for guests, and includes a buffet lunch and tea/coffee throughout the day.  Tickets for Sunday are £10 and for members only. Attendees must also pay £4.00 at the venue for car parking on the day– details from Andrew Plumridge.

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An evening meal will be available on Saturday – details have been sent out to individuals. If you wish to come, you can pay here:


Evening meal