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Barbara Simms

Dr Barbara Simms is course director for the IHR's MA in Garden and Landscape History

Barbara is a garden and landscape historian and director of the MA programme since its creation in 2014. 

Barbara's teaching and research

Barbara is a garden and landscape historian, who has been Course Director of the MA in Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research since its inception in 2014. She was previously co-ordinator of the MA Garden History at Birkbeck, University of London, and has also taught garden history at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Barbara was chair of London Parks & Gardens Trust (2002-8), a trustee of The Garden Museum (2002-14), and chair of Parks & Gardens UK (2012-18). She has been editor of Garden History, the journal of The Gardens Trust (previously the Garden History Society) since 2004.

Barbara's interest in the history, conservation and interpretation of gardens of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries has led to the completion of research commissions on post-war landscapes, journal articles and the publication of two books, Eric Lyons and Span (2006) and John Brookes, Garden and Landscape Designer (2007). She teaches contemporary garden history (twentieth and twenty-first century) on the IHR MA and is currently researching English gardens of the 1930s.