An influential group of organisations, landowners and individuals have come together to create a website dedicated to the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown as the first step towards marking the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2016.
The Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival website can be found by visiting www.capabilitybrown.org. It is being created by Kolab and will be completed in three phases. Once completed it will be the first website to commemorate Brown’s work and legacy, provide an extensive directory of the many landscapes he created and host a portal of forthcoming events and activities taking place in the Birthday year.
Organisations including English Heritage, National Trust, Visit Britain and the Landscape Institute are behind a nationwide celebration of Capability Brown’s life and landscape legacy.Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival will bring the beauty and importance of Brown’s landscapes to a wider audience, celebrate the legacy of one of history’s most influential landscape architects and encourage people to visit and enjoy the many landscapes he created, which include Blenheim Palace, Alnwick, Warwick Castle and Chatsworth. Over two centuries have passed since his death, but such are the enduring qualities of his work that over 150 of the 260 or so landscapes with which he is associated remain worth seeing today. The images that Brown created are as deeply embedded in the English character as the paintings of Turner and the poetry of Wordsworth.
Gilly Drummond, Chair of the Capability Brown 300 Steering Group, said: “The Capability Brown website is the first step towards a major celebration of the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 2016. The website will be home to news stories, events information and progress reports as well as providing the first ever directory of Brown’s landscapes and gardens in the UK. We’re inviting people to sign-up now for regular updates as we start to count down to theCapability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival in 2016.”
Nigel Farrier, Executive Chairman of Kolab, the company creating the website, said: “I have a personal connection to Capability Brown as I live in a house he once owned. As the 300th Birthday approaches we have a fantastic opportunity to recognise the outstanding contribution Capability Brown made to the gardens and landscape of this country. Brown had extraordinary vision – as did the people who commissioned him. This new website is an exciting first step in ensuring that legacy is properly recognised and celebrated.”
Visit www.capabilitybrown.org to find out more and to sign-up for updates in the run up to Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival 2016.