Bucks GT Spring Talk 2019: Richard Mawrey QC on ‘The Phantom of the Trianon’

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Date(s) - 23/02/2019
2:30 pm - 4:45 pm


Bucks GT Spring Talk 2019 by Richard Mawrey QC
The Phantom of the Trianon

2.30pm, Saturday 23 February 2019
at the Bucks County Museum
£12 for members, £14 for guests

In 1911, Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain published a book entitled An Adventure under the names of “Elizabeth Morison” and “Frances Lamont”. Their book describes a visit they made to the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles where they claimed to have seen the gardens as they had been in the late eighteenth century as well as ghosts, including Marie Antoinette and others. Their story caused a sensation and was subject to much ridicule.

Portrait of Marie Antoinette by Wertmüller. The figure that Moberly saw near the Petit Trianon was claimed to bear a resemblance to the Queen as depicted in this painting. Wikipedia.

Richard is a member of the Bucks GT, indeed he wrote our Memorandum and Articles, and was instrumental in founding the Oxfordshire Gardens Trust.

Perhaps more relevantly he is a trustee of the Historic Gardens Foundation, an international heritage charity which Gillian set up with his help nearly 25 years ago to promote the cause of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes worldwide. The Foundation publishes Historic Gardens Review which provides a portal for the views of enthusiasts, campaigners and professionals alike,and is a leading voice in championing the cause of our garden heritage.

Through feature articles and frank commentary on the experiences of garden visitors, they promote high standards of management and conservation, celebrate successful restorations and campaign on behalf of sites that are threatened by development or neglect.

Every country has a garden heritage and the HGF aims to celebrate it. Alongside articles on famous gardens, the Review also specialise in finding the out-of-the-way gardens, often in a country that may not realise that it even has a garden heritage. All aspects are covered: the history of gardens and their creators, modern restorations and modern disasters, the challenges of maintaining and presenting gardens, and the views and controversies of professionals and amateurs alike.

Please fill in our Booking Form and return with your cheque(s) to Rosemary Jury,
11 Fledglings Walk, Winslow, Buckingham, Bucks MK18 3QU
email her directly,
or phone: 01296 715 491

Spring Talk 2019
All our Talks are held at the Bucks County Museum
Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP
(our map shows you how to find the Museum and parking)
and include tea and cakes at the end.